Earth Institute Research Projects

Impact 2020- The Future of Cities Under Climate Change

Lead PI: Stuart Gaffin

Unit Affiliation: Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)

August 2017 - December 2018
Global ; New York City, NY ; New York
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project will significantly improve understanding of the climate risks faced by people who live in urban settings, while providing resonant narratives, a major outcome, about effective solutions that cities may learn from one another. The combination of the storics told by practitioners and experts in their case studies in their own voices and the rigorous meta-analysis across the cases enabled by the searchable on-line UCCRN Case Study Docking Station database will build capacity within cities to develop their own approached to risk and response as they go forward. Further, benefits will accrue not only to individual cities but the networks that link them together. These within-city and across-city linkages are essential tor urban areas to achieve their leadership role as 'first responders' to climate change. Evidence of impact/outcomes where available.

OUTCOMES: Technical Report, Climate Change Projections of 6 key climate hazards for global cities, 18 case studies, Impact data visualized on GIS platform including information for 18 case study cities








C40 Cities



Report can be downloaded at:

DATASETS: Name of data source: Natural Earth Data Populated Places
Entity: Oakridge National Laboratory
Link to data:

Name of data sources: Natural Earth Data; Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP)
Entity: Oakridge National Laboratory; NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) and Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University
Link to data: Natural Earth Dataset -

Name of data source: NASA Earth Exchange Global Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP) dataset
Entity: NASA
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Name of data source: National Urban Poverty Headcount Ratios
Entity: World Bank
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Name of data source: ISIMIP Fast Track
Entity: Inter-Sectoral Model Impact Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP)
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Name of data source: ISIMIP Fast Track
Entity: Agricultural Model Intercomparison Project (AgMIP); Inter-Sectoral Model Impact Intercomparison Project (ISIMIP)
Link to data:

Name of data source: CMIP5
Entity: World Climate Research Programme
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Name of data source: Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data
Entity: United States Geological Survey
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Name of data source: World Power Plants Database, 2016
Entity: Knoema
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projections climate change cities stakeholder engagement


Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate