Man-made islands proposed by Stevens Institute scientist Alan Blumberg could buffer storm impact

Scientists at Stevens Institute looking for a way to prevent the future damage to the Jersey Shore believe they have found a solution. Alan Blumberg

Alan Blumberg says the catastrophic damage caused by

Alan Blumberg says the catastrophic damage caused by Superstorm Sandy could have been prevented by man-made barrier islands. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

HOBOKEN - Scientists at Stevens Institute looking for a way to prevent the future damage to the Jersey Shore believe they have found a solution.

Alan Blumberg says the catastrophic damage caused by Superstorm Sandy could have been prevented by man-made barrier islands.

"What these islands are going to do is block the water so it comes into here and then goes back out to the ocean," Blumberg says.

Blumberg has designed banana-shaped dunes that he says would stop coastal storms in their tracks. 

The uninhabited islands would need to be built around 10 miles offshore and could protect waterfront communities all the way from Hudson County to Ocean County.

The islands would change the oceanfront, according to Blumberg. "The water between the new dunes and the existing coastline is going to become much calmer," he says. "It's going to look like a bay as opposed to an oceanfront."

It wouldn't be ideal for surfers and Seaside Park Councilwoman Gail Coleman isn't crazy about it, either. "I don't think it's worth the billions of dollars," she says. "I think what we need to do is protect the shoreline, now."

Blumberg is pitching his design to the federal government in a storm damage prevention competition.

More on this topic

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

87-year-old Inge Goldstein poses with a sign she 1 Women's March event to be held in Pompton Plains
Jersey City police looking for shooter after bullets 2 Bullets strike one person, NJ Transit bus in Jersey City
Jersey City police looking for shooter after bullets 3 Bullets strike one person, NJ Transit bus in Jersey City
A make-shift memorial sits at the site where 4 Shooting leaves 3 dead in Jersey City
Englewood Hospital using bottled water after high levels 5 High levels of lead found in water samples at Englewood Hospital

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE