Chase Lovgren, ’21, Civil and Environmental Engineering

I worked with another intern to collect, analyze, and arrange data into digital maps with a narrative format for a project to implement storm-surge barriers in Jamaica Bay, New York City. We learned how to use ArcGIS Pro and other ESRI online applications to arrange the datasets, which we collected primarily through the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, our work consisted of interviewing stakeholders in coastal protection and design in order to gather a complete and multifaceted understanding of the decision-making dynamics in play. We interviewed experts from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, and Princeton researchers studying environmental policy. With our collected data and interview content, we provided new perspectives with which to approach organizations such as the Regional Plan Association — which has been responsible for significant public works projects in New York City — with proposals for this project.

* This internship is connected to the PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, “Novel Deployable Storm Surge Protection for Coastal Cities.”