A Great Big Welcome to Leah!

We are very excited to let you know that at the NOAA Coastal Management Fellow matching workshop held in Charleston, SC four months ago we matched with Leah Feldman, who is our new Coastal Fellow for the next two years.  Leah is a fantastic addition to our Coastal, and Gateway Teams!  Leah will be helping with our Office’s resilience planning efforts and will be guiding development of scenario planning tools, delivered via the Gateway, that will aid the planning effort.  She will have her fingers in many aspects of Gateway management as well.  Leah comes to us from the University of Rhode Island with a Masters in Marine Affairs, and earned her BA from Colgate in Environmental Science.  Leah started with us last Monday, August 19th and we are very excited to have her on board!


We do have a new data layer that our GIS Team developed and is now available on the Gateway for viewing.  You may recall that we developed DOS Risk Areas for the maritime coast which were used in New York Rising Community Reconstruction planning carried out in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (which also included communities effected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee).  The risk areas are a compilation of regulatory flood maps, inundation, and erosion models resulting in Extreme, High and Moderate risk areas.  We now have Lake Ontario risk areas developed for use in resilience planning along the Lake, extending from the base of Niagara Falls along the Lake coast and down the St. Lawrence River to Massena.  You can step through our DOS Coastal Risk Area story found on the Climate Change and Resilience page if you’d like to see how these are developed and used, the datasets used for developing the Lake Ontario Risk Areas are different, but the methodology used to create them is the same as used in developing our maritime coastal risk areas.


There have been two recent significant updates to information on our Climate Change and Resilience and Atlantic Ocean focus pages.  There are new tools available in the Climate Change and Resilience focus area’s additional resources: a new risk assessment tool for Lake Ontario, and updated Riverine and Coastal risk assessment tools.  Please contact me if you need additional information regarding use of these tools.  And New York has made some significant strides in the past 3 or 4 years with regard to offshore renewable energy, necessitating an update of our Offshore Energy Resources story in the Atlantic Ocean focus area, check it out and see how offshore wind is growing!

The Numbers

We’ve had two new countries visit for the first time in the past 2 months, a user in Albania visited on 22nd July and someone in Honduras checked us out on 14th August, bringing the total number of countries outside the U.S. visiting the Gateway to 104!   Visitorship remains strong with every month of this year exceeding 1200 unique visits and the long-term monthly average exceeded 1200 in April for the first time and each month since then the average has climbed incrementally.  Visitors leaving after one action (“bounce rate” in website metrics jargon) for this month was just 10% meaning 90% of folks visiting the Gateway were not there by accident, with the long-term monthly average for bounce rate steadily dropping, it currently stands at 12%.  Today we exceeded ¼ of a million page views since the launch of the Gateway on 29 September 2015 and are approaching ¾ million actions!

Social Media

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The Gateway does have an About page so if you’re new to this emails or need a refresher please follow this About link. You can also learn about the Office of Planning and Development (OPD) on the same About page.


As always, please don’t hesitate to provide feedback on your visit to the Gateway so that we may continue to improve on its usefulness and your experience.

Gateway Team

Division of Community Resilience and Regional Programs

Office of Planning & Development

New York Department of State

1 Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12231 – 0001

O: (518) 486–7942 | C: (518) 810–9710 | jeff.herter@dos.ny.gov |