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Major et al. 2012

Major, D.C., V. Gornitz, R. Horton, D.A. Bader, W. Solecki, and C. Rosenzweig, 2012: Climate adaptation in New York City. In Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk in Coastal Cities. J. Aerts, W. Botzen, M. Bowman, P.J. Ward, and P. Dircke, Eds., Earthscan, pp. 265-283.

New York City, the financial, cultural and communications capital of the US, is at risk from many aspects or climate chnngc. including rising sea level, storm surge, rising temperatures, heat waves, inland flooding and more frequent droughts in upland watersheds. Leadership by New York City in dealing with climate change has been, and will be, an important element in the regional success of copiing with such impacts. Relative (local) sea-level rise in the New York area is greater than worldwide sea-level rise primarily due to ongoing glacinl isostatic readjustments. New Yort City has enormous assets and a large population at risk from sea level rise and storm surge. However, only some parts of the city are located at or close to sea level; elevatiosn s in other areas of the city are significatuly higher, ranging up to 409.8 feet (124.9m) at1 Todt H1ll on Staten Island.

New York City and regional agencies have been conccerned about climatic change, its impacts, and adaptation and mitigation for many years. The first comprehensive study, the Metro East Coast report, was part of the First National Assessment of Climate Variability and Change. Subsequently, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) established a Climate Change Task Force in 2004 to review both vulnerabilities and adaptation possibilities, and has since established a programme for dealing with climate change in the agency's operations and infrastructure investments. As part of the city's long-tern sustainability planning, Mayor Michael Hloomberg in 2008 convened the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). This panel of experts, chaired by Cynthia Rosenzweig and William Solecki, was charged with advising on issues related to climate change and adaptation. The NPCC has assisted the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, also established by the city in 2008, in developing a coordinated adaptation plan for the city. The task force consists of over 40 public and private-sector stakeholders. In the wider region, the NYSERDA ClimAID Team assessment of New York State and an economic study of climate change in 'Ne Jersey address issues coastal flooding.

This chapter focuses on the most important challenges facing the city and the region: the combination of rising sea level, storm surge and the resulting increase frequency of coastalflooding. The chapter first addresses the city's geographical and demographic characteristics, historical sea-level rise and coastal flooding in New York City and climate scenarios. Next, the chapter focuses on climate adaptation options and planning for future adaptation in New York City.

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  author={Major, D. C. and Gornitz, V. and Horton, R. and Bader, D. A. and Solecki, W. and Rosenzweig, C.},
  editor={Aerts, J. and Botzen, W. and Bowman, M. and Ward, P. J. and Dircke, P.},
  title={Climate adaptation in New York City},
  booktitle={Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk in Coastal Cities},

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ID  - ma07800p
AU  - Major, D. C.
AU  - Gornitz, V.
AU  - Horton, R.
AU  - Bader, D. A.
AU  - Solecki, W.
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
ED  - Aerts, J.
ED  - Botzen, W.
ED  - Bowman, M.
ED  - Ward, P. J.
ED  - Dircke, P.
PY  - 2012
TI  - Climate adaptation in New York City
BT  - Climate Adaptation and Flood Risk in Coastal Cities
SP  - 265
EP  - 283
PB  - Earthscan
CY  - London
ER  -

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