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Impacts of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee on the Hudson River

September 19, 2012

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY

Last Year, two significant tropical storms dropped an estimated 12-18 inches of rainfall and disrupted many lives in the Hudson Valley, Catskills and beyond. This conference will explore the ecological impacts these two storms had on the Hudson River.

Meteorology & Hydrology

The Hudson River and Estuary Physical Response to Irene and Lee – Philip Orton, Stevens Institute of Technology

Meteorologic Factors that Resulted in Extreme Rainfall During Tropical Storm Irene and the Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee - Joseph P. Villani, Stephen N. DiRienzo (speaker), Hugh W. Johnson, Vasil T. Koleci, Kevin S. Lipton, George J. Maglaras, Kimberly G. McMahon, Timothy E. Scrom, Thomas A. Wasula, and Britt E. Westergard, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office, Albany, New York

Hydrology of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee - Britt E. Westergard (speaker), Joseph P. Villani, Hugh W. Johnson, Vasil T. Koleci, Kevin S. Lipton, George J. Maglaras, Kimberly G. McMahon, Timothy E. Scrom, and Thomas A. Wasula, NOAA/NWS Weather Forecast Office, Albany, New York

Sediment Transport

Hudson River Watershed Sediment Transport following Tropical Storms Irene and Lee - Gary R. Wall (speaker) and Timothy F. Hoffman, U.S. Geological Survey

Salinity and Sediment in the Hudson River Estuary after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee - David K. Ralston (speaker), W. Rockwell Geyer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. and John C. Warner, US Geological Survey

Impacts to Other Systems

Impacts of Tropical Storm Irene on the Connecticut River – John Woodruff, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Storm impacts on Nutrients and Sediments in the Susquehanna River BasinKevin McGonigal, Susquehanna River Basin Commission


Keynote: Impacts of tropical cyclones on North Carolina coastal carbon and nitrogen dynamics: Implications for biogeochemical cycling and water quality in a stormier and warmer world Hans W. Paerl (speaker), Joseph R. Crosswell, Nathan S. Hall, Benjamin L. Peierls and Karen L. Rossignol, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering


Impacts to the Biology of the Hudson River Estuary

Storms caused river to take a ‘breath’ – Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, HRECOS

Effects of tropical storms Irene and Lee on fish in the Hudson River Estuary: a preliminary analysis – David Strayer, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


Impacts to the Hudson River Tributary Habitats

Some implications of recent extreme weather events for environmental management and policy in the Catskills Region –Mark Vian, NYC Environmental Protection’s Stream Management Program

Documenting Impacts of Storm Response Construction Activities upon Stream Ecosystems Following Tropical Storms Irene & Lee – Joshua Thiel, NYS DEC Bureau of Habitat

Impacts to the Macro-invertebrate CommunityAlexander J. Smith (speaker), NYS DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit and Mohawk River Basin Program and Barry P. Baldigo, Mike McHale, US Geological Survey