Risks from Climate Change for New York City, and Adaptation Options
Tuesday October 12th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall
Summary: Climate change forecasts for NYC imply various rising risks including the number of days per year with extreme high temperatures and extreme downpours; and sea level rise, which in combination with coastal storms leads to storm surge flooding and inundation of subways, road and rail tunnels, and of other critical infrastructure (including Columbia's Manhattanville extension). NYC, New York State, and critical infrastructure organizations (e.g. MTA, PANYNJ) have recently started initiatives to develop options for how to adapt to these impending challenges. None of the options are cheap. But they have social, economic, and land use/urban planning implications. These will demand political will and public support.
Klaus Jacob is Special Research Scientist with the Lamont-Doherty Cooperative Seismographic Network (LCSN) in the division of Seismology Geology and Tectonophysics at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His research interests include seismology, engineering seismology, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, loss modeling, quantitative hazard assessment and mapping. He is also an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs.
Klaus completed his Ph.D. in geophysics at Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany in 1968.
Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
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