Dr. Alan Blumberg is the Director of the Center for Maritime Systems, a world renowned oceanographer, and innovator of predictive modeling and ocean physics.
He is also the founder of the New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS), which was established to permit an assessment of ocean, weather, environmental, and vessel traffic conditions throughout the New York Harbor region.
The system is designed to provide a knowledge of meteorological and oceanographic conditions both in real-time and forecasted out to 48 hours in the Hudson River, the East River, NY/NJ Estuary, Raritan Bay, Long Island Sound and the coastal waters of New Jersey. The NYHOPS website displays graphic images of water level, surface and bottom temperature, surface and bottom salinity, surface and bottom currents and NOAA meteorological predictions.
His research has contributed to understanding the physical dynamics of estuarine and coastal ocean circulation, and to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations, and as a basis for maritime security. General numerical models have been developed such as the Princeton Ocean Model (POM) and its shallow water derivative, the Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Model (ECOM) - which are now adapted by over 3,000 research groups throughout the world.
As an extremely respected and sought after maritime researcher, Dr. Blumberg has made several media and television appearances, received multi-year funding and grant awards, gained membership with professional societies such the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Society of Civil Engineering, Estuarine Research Federation, and Oceanography Society, and been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.