Publication Abstracts

Rosenzweig and Solecki 2013

Rosenzweig, C., and W. Solecki (Eds.), 2013: Climate Risk Information 2013: Observations, Climate Change Projections, and Maps. New York City Panel on Climate Change.

Climate change poses significant risks to New York City's communities and infrastructure. Hurricane Sandy has focused attention on the effects that extreme climate events have on New York City, reminding New Yorkers that the city is vulnerable to a range of climate hazards today and in the future.

To help respond to climate change in New York City and accomplish the goals outlined in PlaNYC, the City's long-term sustainability plan, Mayor Bloomberg convened the First New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC1) in 2008. The NPCC — a body of leading climate and social scientists and risk management experts — was charged with advising the Mayor and the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force on issues related to climate change and adaptation. It produced a set of climate projections specific to New York City.

Following Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg convened the second New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC2) in January 2013 to provide up-to-date scientific information and analyses on climate risks for use in the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR). In response to the Mayor's charge to the Panel, this Report provides new climate change projections and future coastal flood risk maps for New York City. This climate risk information is designed to inform community rebuilding plans, and help to increase current and future resiliency of communities, and citywide systems and infrastructure to a range of climate risks.