Nicholas K. Coch

A Special Acknowledgement To:

Professor Nicholas K. Coch, Ph.D., C.P.G.

CERF-JCR Lifetime Member




   We are proud to acknowledge Professor Dr. Nicholas K. Coch as a Lifetime Member of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation. Dr. Coch received his Ph.D. in 1965 from Yale University with a specialization in sedimentology and coastal geology. In 1967, he joined the faculty at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is now a Professor of Geology in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College of C.U.N.Y. and a member of the Doctoral Faculty of CUNY at the Graduate Center. He has co-authored two college geology textbooks (PHYSICAL GEOLOGY) and is the author of GEOHAZARDS (Pearson). In 2008, he received the President's Award for Teaching Excellence at Queens College. and the John Moss Award For Excellence in College Teaching from the National Association of Geology Teachers. His research studies since 1967 have included sedimentation on the Moon, as a Principal Investigator in NASA's Lunar Sample Study Program, and shipboard studies of continental shelf, coastal and estuarine areas in the Northeast, as well as ground and aerial studies of the effects of hurricanes on coasts and urban centers.

   His recent research deals with the effects of hurricanes on coasts, urban centers and inland areas, in predicting hurricane damage and in critically analyzing our coastal management policies in a time of sea level rise. He has carried out ground and aerial studies of most recent hurricanes as well as forensic studies of older (16th-20th century) hurricanes.

   He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and a Member of The American Meteorological Society, Society of Sedimentary Geologists, National Association of Geology Teachers, American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is a Certified Professional Geologist.

   Dr. Coch is an expert on Northern Hurricanes and has been a consultant to the N.Y. City Emergency Management Organization and the N.Y.S. Office of Emergency Management. He has presented hurricane seminars to emergency management and government officials in every county in southern New York as well as insurance, reinsurance and risk management groups nationwide. In 2003, he was chosen as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2004-2007, and presented lectures on his research at educational and research facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

   Programs including aspects of his hurricane research have aired on the CNN, PBS, Weather, Discovery, History and National Geographic Channels, and in local, national and international news programs and periodicals.


Select Publications:

Coch, N.K., 2019. Forensic analysis of the 1893 "New York City" hurricane: Implications for the future. Journal of Coastal Research, 35(4), 729-736.
Coch, N.K., 2019. Sediment facies and dispersal systems in the estuaries of easternmost New York, U.S.A. Journal of Coastal Research, 35(1), 165-176.
Coch, N.K.; Lenna, M., and Deely A., 2017. Anthropogenic land changes and sedimentation response in the tidal straits of New York City. Journal of Coastal Research, 33(2), 278-285.
Coch, N.K., 2016. Sediment dynamics in the upper and lower bays of New York Harbor. Journal of Coastal Research, 32(4), 756-767.
Coch, N.K., 2015. The unique vulnerability of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area to hurricane destruction. Journal of Coastal Research, 31(1), 196-212.
Coch, N.K., 2013. A field course in tropical coastal geology. Journal of Coastal Research, 29(6A), 214-225.
Coch, N.K., 2006. The unique vulnerability of the Northeast U.S. to hurricane damage. Geologic Society of America, Abstract with programs, National G.S.A. Meeting (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

Coch, N.K., 2003. How coastal changes and development amplified damage in the 1935 Hurricane in the Florida Keys: Lessons for the future. Geologic Society of America, Volume 35.

Coch, N.K., 2002. America's first natural disaster: The hurricane of 1635 and implications for New England. Geologic Society of America, Volume 35.

Coch, N.K., 1994. Hurricane hazards in the Northeast U.S. In: Finkl, C.W. (ed.), Coastal Hazards, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 12, pp. 115-147.


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