Vulnerability to coastal storms in New York City neighborhoods

ny_jamaicabay_04012010_002.JPGResidential units line the shoreline of Jamaica Bay, NYPhoto credit: Clark Wallace

The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities™ program helps cities nationwide create parks and green infrastructure to meet the climate challenge. One challenge for coastal communities is that of sea level rise, coastal flooding and storm surge. The Trust for Public Land partnered with researchers at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research and The World Bank to identify factors associated with vulnerability to coastal flooding driven by storms in urban neighborhoods based on evidence from the recovery from hurricane Sandy in New York City. This report demonstrates how these factors can lead to greater community resilience in the face of future climate change events.