Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography & Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Spring 2020 Seminar Series


Jupiter Intelligence


Monday, March 2, 2020
3:30 PM
Conference Center, Innovation Research Building II
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508


Today people forecast the weather. What is needed in the face of a changing climate are forecasts of the impact of that weather. As climate change makes weather increasingly erratic, the ability to quickly and accurately predict and prepare becomes ever more crucial. Two central themes will be stressed in this presentation: 1. understanding the force of water – hydrodynamics – where the uniqueness of the urban ocean and the influence and impact of temporal and spatial variations, ranging from seasonal to millennial, are key; and 2. understanding the force of the city – urban design – where the influence and impact of human interactions, e.g., through land degradation, river management, climatic change, and other anthropogenic activities, dominate. Suggested reading: The Urban Ocean by Blumberg and Bruno, Cambridge University Press.


Dr. Blumberg is an urban oceanographer who studies the interaction between cities and their offshore coastal waters. He is a co-founder of Jupiter Intelligence, a two-year old startup that predicts the probable impacts of climate-change-driven perils on people, property, and the environment. It is based in Silicon Valley, the heart of the innovation economy and a magnet for world-class talent. For 15 years, he was George Meade Bond Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology. A fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Dr. Blumberg is the author of more than 160 journal articles. He received a doctorate in ocean physics from The Johns Hopkins University and did post-doctoral work with Princeton University in their Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program.

Reception before seminar at 3:00 PM

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