SBU Researcher To Appear in PBS/Nova Superstorm Sandy Documentary
Coastal Processes & Hazards - News
New York, NY, November 16, 2012 -  Less than three weeks after Superstorm Sandy came ashore on the East Coast, several television networks will offer the chance to relive the experience on the same night.

Earlier this week, Stony Brook University (SBU) oceanography professor and storm surge expert Dr. Malcolm Bowman was interviewed by PBS' "Nova" for a one-hour documentary special on Sandy that is slated to air this Sunday (November 18) at 7 p.m. on PBS in the U.S. and at 8 p.m. on the BBC in the UK. It will also re-air on Wednesday, November 21 at 9 p.m on PBS.

Bowman and other New York Sea Grant-funded SBU School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) researchers who tracked superstorm Sandy before, during and after landfall have made the rounds in media discussions these last few weeks, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, ABC News, the Associated Press and Newsday, among others. See NYSG's related news item for more information (Click here).

Bowman will also discuss "Storm Surge from Superstorm Sandy: Causes and Impacts" at SBU Southampton this evening (Friday, November 16). During the talk, Bowman will describe how superstorm Sandy developed, how it lead to the region's enormous storm surge, what the precise impacts were, how it could have been even worse, and what Metropolitan New York should do to protect against future events. Making some modifications to infrastructure could prevent extensive flooding of New York City's subway system, as seen in the picture below from the 86th Street station after Sandy passed through the metro New York area.

Nova and Other Specials Spotlight Sandy

According to initial report, "Nova" plans to show storm footage but also will spend time on the question of whether superstorms are becoming more frequent and what can be done to protect coastlines. It is slated to air directly before a Ken Burns special, "The Dust Bowl," about another extreme atmospheric event.

PBS' "Nova" series is scheduled to air the same night that History is planning to run "Superstorm 2012: Hell and High Water." History turned to a British production team to make its special, which was initially scheduled for an hour but cut back to 30 minutes. Scientists and meteorologists are interviewed to discuss how the storm formed, along with people who lived through it.

The National Geographic network also plans to re-air its Sandy special on Sunday night, too. It's being made by Pioneer Productions, which has also made the extreme weather specials "Raging Planet" and "The Year the Earth Went Wild." Producers of "Superstorm 2012" promise to include home video, news footage and computer recreations to tell the storm's story and its effect on people.

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