Developing coastal adaptation to climate change in the New York City infrastructure-shed: process, approach, tools, and strategies

TitleDeveloping coastal adaptation to climate change in the New York City infrastructure-shed: process, approach, tools, and strategies
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRosenzweig, Cynthia, Solecki William D., Blake Reginald, Bowman Malcolm, Faris Craig, Gornitz Vivien, Horton Radley M., Jacob Klaus, LeBlanc Alice, Leichenko Robin, Linkin Megan, Major David C., O’Grady Megan, Patrick Lesley, Sussman Edna, Yohe Gary, and Zimmerman Rae
JournalClimatic Change
Volume106
Pagination93 - 127
Date Published5/2011
KeywordsNew England Climate
Abstract

While current rates of sea level rise and associated coastal flooding in the New York City region appear to be manageable by stakeholders responsible for communications, energy, transportation, and water infrastructure, projections for sea level rise and associated flooding in the future, especially those associated with rapid icemelt of the Greenland and West Antarctic Icesheets, may be outside the range of current capacity because extreme events might cause flooding beyond today’s planning and preparedness regimes. This paper describes the comprehensive process, approach, and tools for adaptation developed by the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) in conjunction with the region’s stakeholders who manage its critical infrastructure, much of which lies near the coast. It presents the adaptation framework and the sea-level rise and storm projections related to coastal risks developed through the stakeholder process. Climate change adaptation planning in New York City is characterized by a multi-jurisdictional stakeholder–scientist process, state-of-the-art scientific projections and mapping, and development of adaptation strategies based on a risk-management approach.