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Kyrkjebo et al. 2021

Kyrkjebo, N., A. Parris, J. Barnes, I. Azaroff, D. Balk, A.I. Baptista, C. Braneon, W. Calabrese, T. Codrington, J. Colon, F. Gandhi, M. George, P. Groffman, J. Gundlach, R.H. Carr, N. Holt, R. Horton, A. Jahangir, B. Ken-Opurum, K. Knowlton, R. Leichenko, N. Maher, P. Marcotullio, T. Matte, K. McComas, S.K. McKay, T. McPhearson, R. Moss, G. Nordenson, T. Pawlowski, N. Rajkovich, K.A. Reed, L. Schoeman, J. Shapiro, D. Spiegel-Feld, J. Tchen, J. Towers, and G. Wagner, 2021: Rapid research and assessment on COVID-19 and climate in New York City. J. Extreme Events, early on-line, doi:10.1142/S234573762150010X.

In May 2020, the New York City (NYC) Mayor's Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR) began convening bi-weekly discussions, called the Rapid Research and Assessment (RRA) Series, between City staff and external experts in science, policy, design, engineering, communications, and planning. The goal was to rapidly develop authoritative, actionable information to help integrate resiliency into the City's COVID response efforts. The situation in NYC is not uncommon. Extreme events often require government officials, practitioners, and citizens to call upon multiple forms of scientific and technical assistance from rapid data collection to expert elicitation, each spanning more or less involved engagement. We compare the RRA to similar rapid assessment efforts and reflect on the nature of the RRA and similar efforts to exchange and co-produce knowledge. The RRA took up topics on social cohesion, risk communication, resilient and healthy buildings, and engagement, in many cases strengthening confidence in what was already known but also refining the existing knowledge in ways that can be helpful as the pandemic unfolds. Researchers also learned from each other ways to be supportive of the City of New York and MOCR in the future. The RRA network will continue to deepen, continue to co-produce actionable climate knowledge, and continue to value organizational sensemaking as a usable climate service, particularly in highly uncertain times. Given the complex, rare, and, in many cases, unfamiliar context of COVID-19, we argue that organizational sensemaking is a usable climate service.

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  author={Kyrkjebo, N. and Parris, A. and Barnes, J. and Azaroff, I. and Balk, D. and Baptista, A. I. and Braneon, C. and Calabrese, W. and Codrington, T. and Colon, J. and Gandhi, F. and George, M. and Groffman, P. and Gundlach, J. and Carr, R. H. and Holt, N. and Horton, R. and Jahangir, A. and Ken-Opurum, B. and Knowlton, K. and Leichenko, R. and Maher, N. and Marcotullio, P. and Matte, T. and McComas, K. and McKay, S. K. and McPhearson, T. and Moss, R. and Nordenson, G. and Pawlowski, T. and Rajkovich, N. and Reed, K. A. and Schoeman, L. and Shapiro, J. and Spiegel-Feld, D. and Tchen, J. and Towers, J. and Wagner, G.},
  title={Rapid research and assessment on COVID-19 and climate in New York City},
  journal={J. Extreme Events},

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RIS Citation

ID  - ky01000b
AU  - Kyrkjebo, N.
AU  - Parris, A.
AU  - Barnes, J.
AU  - Azaroff, I.
AU  - Balk, D.
AU  - Baptista, A. I.
AU  - Braneon, C.
AU  - Calabrese, W.
AU  - Codrington, T.
AU  - Colon, J.
AU  - Gandhi, F.
AU  - George, M.
AU  - Groffman, P.
AU  - Gundlach, J.
AU  - Carr, R. H.
AU  - Holt, N.
AU  - Horton, R.
AU  - Jahangir, A.
AU  - Ken-Opurum, B.
AU  - Knowlton, K.
AU  - Leichenko, R.
AU  - Maher, N.
AU  - Marcotullio, P.
AU  - Matte, T.
AU  - McComas, K.
AU  - McKay, S. K.
AU  - McPhearson, T.
AU  - Moss, R.
AU  - Nordenson, G.
AU  - Pawlowski, T.
AU  - Rajkovich, N.
AU  - Reed, K. A.
AU  - Schoeman, L.
AU  - Shapiro, J.
AU  - Spiegel-Feld, D.
AU  - Tchen, J.
AU  - Towers, J.
AU  - Wagner, G.
PY  - 2021
TI  - Rapid research and assessment on COVID-19 and climate in New York City
JA  - J. Extreme Events
DO  - 10.1142/S234573762150010X
ER  -

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