Adapting to Climate Change in the New York Metro Area

On April 17, 2009, the Earth Institute Climate Change Adaptation Initiative showcased the work of student interns at the Adapting to Climate Change in the New York Metro Area Conference. The students shared their experiences of analyzing what kinds of impacts climate change could have on New York City, and discussed potential adaptation techniques and outcomes through presentations and posters. These internships are made possible by a grant from HSBC in the Community (USA) Inc. A panel discussion on the status of climate change adaptation in New York City allowed the audience to hear from some of the students’ supervisors.

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Opening Remarks

Steve Cohen, Executive Director, Earth Institute
Director, Concentration in Environmental Policy Studies, School of International and Public Affairs
Director, MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, School of International and Public Affairs

Student Presentations by Theme

Forcing

Diana Hsueh, MA in Conservation Biology, GSAS 2009, and
Yun Zheng, BS in Earth and Environmental Engineering, SEAS 2010 – “NYC air quality”
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Brian Hoyer, MPH in Forced Migration and Health, MSPH 2009, and MIA in Economic and Political Development and African Studies, SIPA 2009 – “NYC water quality”
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Gelseigh Karl-Cannon, BS in Environmental Engineering, SEAS 2011 – “Precipitation extremes and flood potential under climate change”
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Alex Sonneborn, MS in Biostatistics, MSPH 2009 – “Assessing the risk of hurricane landfall in the NYC area”
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Ecosystems

Carla Garcia, BA in Environmental Biology, School of General Studies 2010 – “Salt marsh submergence and sea level rise in NYC coastal wetlands”
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Ellen Hartig, Project Manager, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Natural Resources Group, presenting for Kyra Appleby, MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, SIPA 2009, and Alessandra Gregg, BA in Art History, Barnard College 2009 – “Wetland and stream resources in NYC: monitoring, protection and management priorities in the face of land use and climate change”
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James Connolly, Ph.D. in Urban Planning, GSAPP 2010 – “Multi-year shoreline characteristics change analysis of Jamaica Bay, New York”
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Land Use

Gita Subramony, MS in Urban Planning, GSAPP 2010 – “Urban securities/congestive pricing impact study”
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Shaky Sherpa, MPH in Environmental Health Sciences, MSPH Oct. 2009 – “Urban forest restoration planning”
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Alexandra Varga, MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, SIPA 2009 – “Green mapping for eco-justice”
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Infrastructure

Eleanor Blomstrom, MIA in Environmental Policy Studies, SIPA 2009 – “NYC Green Roofs”
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Health

Victoria Trinies, MPH in Environmental Health Science, MSPH 2010 – “Health best practices for climate adaptation in vulnerable communities”
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Chikara Onda, BA in Environmental Science and Economics, Columbia College 2010 – “Climate change adaptation by city and state health departments”
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Jessie Loving Carr, MPH in Environmental Health Policy, MSPH Dec. 2009 – “Health vulnerabilities and adaptations to climate change in NY State”
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Government Strategies

Victoria Diaz-Bonilla, BA in Environmental Science and Sustainable Development, Columbia College 2011 – “State greenhouse gas legislation survey”
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Caroline Ott, BA in Economics, Barnard College 2009 – “A comprehensive survey of state and federal legislation pertaining to GHG emissions reduction and climate change adaptation”
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Positive Impacts or Opportunities

Rebecca Chan, BA in Chemistry, Columbia College 2012 – “Green jobs research survey”
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Josef Szende, MS in Urban Planning, GSAPP 2010 – “Assessing climate change on a green-collar workforce: Green jobs not jails”
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Additional Posters Displayed

Sarah Bartges, BA in Environmental Policy, Barnard College 2009 – “Measuring the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Agricultural Soils in the Hudson Valley”
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Gabe Cowles, MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, SIPA 2009 – “New York City Panel on Climate Change & New York State Adaptation Strategies”
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Emmanuelle Humblet, MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, SIPA 2009 – “New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force”
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Joe Melara, MS in Urban Planning, GSAPP 2010 – “Coping with the risk of hurricane landfall in the NYC area”
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Panel Discussion: Climate Change Adaptation in New York City, A Status Report

Moderated by Steve Cohen

  • Rob Crauderueff, Policy Director, Sustainable South Bronx
  • Adam Freed, Senior Policy Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation, NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability
  • Lea Johnson, Restoration Ecologist, Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, Rutgers University
  • Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, Global Warming and Health, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Heather Nesle, Vice President, Community & Philanthropic Services, HSBC Bank
  • Megan Cornwell O’Grady, Project Manager, Center for Climate Systems Research, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

 

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