Monday, December 22, 2014

Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast

Project Overview

In the northeast urban corridor, transportation, energy, communications, water, and waste systems are highly integrated, so climate risk management needs to be integrated as well. CCRUN's research focuses on helping stakeholders in the major urban areas in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania achieve that integration. 

The three unifying themes of their research within urban areas are coasts, water, and health. There are two additional cross cutting themes. Those are climate and vulnerability and evaluation. Within those themes, CCRUN plans to help stakeholders take advantage of opportunities and improve management and adaptation strategies to reduce vulnerability to climate variability and change.

Select Outputs
  • CCRUN has produced a series of downscaled climate projections under different climate change scenarios. These projections include temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise for the three focus cities of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

  • CCRUN has created a comprehensive guide to climate change in the Northeast. It includes projected changes in temperature and precipitation and then breaks down impacts on specific sectors including transportation, health, coastal communities, water supply, energy, and the regional economy.

Other Resources
  • Climate Library: A collection of PDF documents on climate risk relevant to the region, many authored by CCRUN researchers.

  • CCRUN on Twitter: A Twitter account to connect with CCRUN stakeholders. It provides regular updates on CCRUN research and other relevant climate information and research for decision makers and the climate-interested public.

  • Regional Maps: A collection of maps showing demographics, infrastructure, and climate change projections. These maps can help decision makers understand the different risks and vulnerabilities throughout the region.

Principal Investigator

Cynthia Rosenzweig

Program Managers

Radley Horton
Linda Sohl


Alan Blumberg
Patrick Kinney
Richard Palmer
Mark Arend
Amy Auchincloss
Mark Becker
Ray Bradley
Casey Brown
Robert Chen
Naresh Devineni
Richardson Dilworth
Lisa Goddard
Vivien Gornitz
Patrick Gurian
Charles Haas
Reza Khanbilvardi
Upmanu Lall
Malgosia Madajewicz
Jaime Madrigano
Joseph Martin
Franco Montalto
Philip Orton
Julie Pullen
Sabrina Spatari
Brian Vant-Hull

Affiliated Institutions

City College of New York
Columbia University
Drexel University
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Stevens Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dates Funded