Philip Orton

Research Associate Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Building: Davidson Laboratory

Room: 209

Phone: (201) 216-8095

Fax: (201) 216-8214

Email: porton@stevens.edu

Website

Research

Fluid dynamics, the study of fluids in motion, lies at the heart of most questions people ask about the ocean. Increasing numbers of people are moving to its coastlines, yet the added stress we put on the ocean can overwhelm its benefits. Evaluating problems such as storm surges, climate change, and pollution requires a detailed knowledge of ocean, estuary, and atmosphere transport processes.


I enjoy living and working in a metro region with 22 million people mostly living on islands like Manhattan and increasingly connected to their surrounding waterways. I’m a Research Associate Professor of ocean engineering, and my specific research interests include estuary and coastal ocean physics, storm surges and sea level rise, urban flood adaptation, air-sea interaction, urban and coastal atmospheric science, and computational ocean and atmosphere modeling.

Institutional Service
  • Faculty Senate Member
  • 2020-2021 Assistant Professor Search Committee (Chair) Chair
  • Academic Planning and Resources Committee Member
  • Ocean Engineering curriculum committee Member
  • 2019-2020 Tenure-Track Professor Search Committee (Chair) Chair
Professional Service
  • Jamaica Bay Science and Resilience Institute, Executive Committee and Science Steering Committee Member
  • American Geophysical Union session chair
  • Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute Steering Committee Member
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) Contributing Author
Professional Societies
  • AMS – American Meteorological Society Member
  • AGU – American Geophysical Union Member
  • CERF – Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Member
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

Selected Recent Grants
2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Prediction of and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS), “Geomorphic Versus Climatic Drivers of Changing Coastal Flood Risk” (P. Orton, PI; $1.2M total, $380k to Stevens)

2019 NSF-Coasts and People (CoPe), “CoPe RCN: Advancing Interdisciplinary Research to Build Resilient Communities and Infrastructure in the Nation?s Estuaries and Bays” (M. Li, PI; P. Orton Co-Pi, $20,000 to Stevens).

2019 NOAA-COCA/SARP, “Compound Fluvial‐Coastal Flood and Climate Adaptation: A Transferable Framework of Engagement, Modeling and Cost‐Benefit Analysis”, (Orton, PI, $300k).

2018 Catalyzing a deeper understanding of the effects of storm surge barriers on the Hudson River estuary, NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, 2018 Collaborative Science Catalyst (Orton, PI, $131k)

Selected Publications
Journal Article
  1. Li, S.; Wahl, T.; Talke, S. A.; Jay, D. A.; Orton, P.; Liang, X.; Wang, G.; Liu, L. (2021). Evolving tides aggravate nuisance flooding along the U.S. coastline. Science Advances (10 ed., vol. 7). American Association for the Advancement of Science.
    https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/10/eabe2412.
  2. Strauss, B. H.; Orton, P.; Bittermann, K.; Buchanan, M. K.; Gilford, D. M.; Kopp, R. E.; Kulp, S.; Massey, C.; Moel, H. d.; Vinogradov, S. (2021). Economic damages from Hurricane Sandy attributable to sea level rise caused by anthropogenic climate change. Nature Communications (1 ed., vol. 12). Springer Science and Business Media LLC.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-22838-1.
  3. Orton, P.; Sanderson, E. W.; Talke, S. A.; Giampieri, M.; MacManus, K. (2020). Storm Tide Amplification and Habitat Changes due to Urbanization of a Lagoonal Estuary. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (9 ed., vol. 20, pp. 2415-2432). Copernicus GmbH.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-2415-2020.
  4. Zhang, F.; Orton, P.; Madajewicz, M.; Jagupilla, S. C.; Bakhtyar, R. (2020). Mortality during Hurricane Sandy: the effects of waterfront flood protection on Staten Island, New York. Natural Hazards (1 ed., vol. 103, pp. 57-85).
    https://api.elsevier.com/content/abstract/scopus_id/85084299510.
  5. Gurumurthy, P.; Orton, P.; Talke, S. A.; Georgas, N.; Booth, J. F. (2019). Mechanics and historical evolution of sea level blowouts in New York harbor. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (5 ed., vol. 7).
    https://api.elsevier.com/content/abstract/scopus_id/85066444456.
  6. Gornitz, V.; Oppenheimer, M.; Kopp, R.; Orton, P.; Buchanan, M.; Lin, N.; Horton, R.; Bader, D. (2019). New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 3: Sea Level Rise. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (1 ed., vol. 1439, pp. 71-94).
    https://api.elsevier.com/content/abstract/scopus_id/85062977371.
  7. Orton, P.; Lin, N.; Gornitz, V.; Colle, B.; Booth, J.; Feng, K.; Buchanan, M.; Oppenheimer, M.; Patrick, L. (2019). New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 4: Coastal Flooding. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (1 ed., vol. 1439, pp. 95-114).
    https://api.elsevier.com/content/abstract/scopus_id/85062994562.
  8. Patrick, L.; Solecki, W.; Gornitz, V.; Orton, P.; Blumberg, A. (2019). New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 5: Mapping Climate Risk. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (1 ed., vol. 1439, pp. 115-125).
    https://api.elsevier.com/content/abstract/scopus_id/85062975358.
Technical Report
  1. Fischbach, J.; Knopman, D.; Smith, H.; Orton, P.; Sanderson, E.; Fisher, K.; Moray, N.; Friedberg, A.; Parris, A. (2018). Integrated Analysis and Planning to Reduce Coastal Risk, Improve Water Quality, and Restore Ecosystems: Jamaica Bay, New York. Final project report for The Rockefeller Foundation.
    http://www.rand.org/t/RR2193.
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  1. Orton, P.; Sanderson, E. W.; Talke, S. A.; Giampieri, M.; MacManus, K. (2020). Storm Tide Amplification and Habitat Changes due to Urbanization of a Lagoonal Estuary. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (9 ed., vol. 20, pp. 2415-2432). Copernicus GmbH.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-2415-2020.