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Climate Change and the Brooklyn Waterfront Revisited

Many thanks to everyone who came out to Professor Klaus H. Jacob’s terrific talk last week on projected sea level rise over the coming decades and its effects on Brooklyn’s neighborhoods, the transit system, and the city as a whole. Professor Jacob also provided a comparative framework, showing what cities like London, Washington D.C., and Hamburg have done to prepare, in part showing how far NYC needs to go to begin grappling with the problem in a meaningful way.

Professor Jacob was generous enough to provide us with a PDF of the slides that he showed, which you can download here. In addition, you can find links to the reports that he mentioned below:

  • Climate Change and a Global City: An Assessment of the Metropolitan East Coast Region A federally sponsored study published in 2000 made available through the Center for International Earth Science Information Network of Columbia University. You can download the report at the bottom of this webpage.
  • PlaNYC 2030 – The New York City Planning Department’s plan outlining its goals for 2030, subtitled “A Greater, Greener New York.” Initially published in 2007, it was updated in 2011. You can download it at the bottom of this webpage.
  • Climate Change Adaptation in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response – You can read the articles from this Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences publication for free online at this webpage.
  • Response to Climate Change in New York State – You can download the component parts of this report published by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on this webpage.
  • Flood-Resilient Waterfront Development in New York City – Unfortunately this report published by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences is not available for free online. This one will require a trip to the library if you want it for free, but you can purchase a PDF of it here.

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