Professor Alan Blumberg has made a name for both himself and Stevens through his appearances in the media regarding his scientific endeavors. This past week, Blumberg paid a visit to our Science Communication class and shared stories and insight into his field of study. One of the most talked about topics in class was Professor Blumberg’s development of his own patented method of weakening hurricanes, this proved to be quite interesting and unique.
Blumberg’s proposed method of hurricane prevention was to weaken the storms forces using a system of upwards of 200,000 tubes to bring cold water from the depths of the ocean to the surface. The transporting of cold waters to the surface will cool the surface temperature and will prohibit hurricanes from gaining strength over warm water. Although I agree that this is a very intelligent design, I feel it would be difficult to carry out this process as all of the tubes would need to be rapidly placed in the water within the coming days of a storm. As one would imagine, placing several hundred thousand tubes each over 1000 feet in length into a specific space in a short amount of time would definitely not be as easy as it sounds. Nonetheless, it is a very unique and fascinating concept. Professor Blumberg also suggested creating a series of barrier islands around New York and New Jersey to protect from hurricane damage. His idea was that by digging up sand from the oceans floor, we could create islands that would protect the mainland. This idea I feel is fantastic. These islands would be similar in theory to Fire Island, the land mass that serves as a barrier for Long Island. According to Blumberg’s statistics if his methods of hurricane prevention were implemented for Hurricane Sandy, it would’ve saved up to 10 billion dollars.
In the time he spent with our class, Professor Blumberg covered a variety of topics. From his approach to the media’s questions to the ways in which he came about his anti- hurricane projects, Blumberg was concise and really drew the class into the discussion. It was defiantly a great privilege to have him in class.