Adapting to Multiple and Cascading Climate Change Hazards in New York City

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Three maps of New York City showing extreme heat hazard zones in red, yellow and orange; inland flood hazards and coastal flood hazards in shades of blue and white

Spatial variation in heat hazard, inland flooding hazard and coastal flood hazard for New York City. image / Depietri, Dahal & McPhearson, 2018


The workshop will focus on analyzing spatial variations in climate change hazards, with a focus on diverse forms of urban flooding, extreme heat exposure, and air quality. The sessions are structured around key research needs to better understand climate change drivers, risks, and impacts. We are particularly interested in examining the complexity created by multiple climate hazards and how these hazards cascade with urban infrastructure systems and the urban built environment. Workshop participants are a mix of public sector officials, researchers, and civil society stakeholders. The workshop seeks to identify knowledge gaps, important areas of future work, and urban public policy and planning needs for New York City. 

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8:30–9 a.m. | Registration, Breakfast, and Welcoming Remarks

9–10:15 a.m. | Project Overview and Objectives of the Day 

10:15–11:15 a.m. | Session 1: Climate Hazard Drivers

Discussion of key drivers and impacts of air pollution, extreme heat and flooding exposure for critical infrastructure and communities.

11:15–12:30 p.m. | Session 2: Climate Risks and Vulnerabilities/Equity

Discussion of key risks and vulnerabilities for extreme heat, air pollution, and flooding.

12:30–1:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30-3:15 p.m. | Session 3: Compound Hazards, Cascading Impacts, Multihazard Climate Solutions

Discussion of infrastructure interdependencies and how they may be impacted by climate hazards. Discussion of knowledge and research gaps, as well as solutions to multiple hazards.

3:15-3:30 p.m. | Coffee Break 

3:30–4 p.m. | Summary, Next Steps, and Reception

Project Team

Co-lead: Timon McPhearson, The New School

Co-lead: Luis Ortiz, George Mason University

George Del Barrio, Universe City NYC

Christopher Kennedy, The New School

Nicholas Klein, Cornell University

Ahmed Mustafa, The New School

Isha Rahman, The New School

Linda Shi, Cornell University

Wenfei Xu, Cornell University

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