New York, NY (November 29, 2012) – The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and
the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) will present a panel discussion for researchers and scholars
on urban vulnerability and the effects of climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The panel will be
co-hosted by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), the Consortium for Climate Change
in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), and CISC, and will be held on December 3, 2012, at Roosevelt House.
The impacts and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy have raised questions about how we can reduce the New
York Metropolitan Region’s vulnerability to future storms as well as enhance itsadaptation to climate change.
The immediate discussion of rebuilding makes clear that there are issues of scientific uncertainty, engineering,
planning and policy, economics, and equity to be resolved. In order to help address these issues the panel and
subsequent discussion will focus on:
1. What did Hurricane Sandy tell us about extreme storm events and future climate in our region?
2. What did Hurricane Sandy tell us about our vulnerabilities to future extreme events?
3. What are the key opportunities and challenges of potential adaptation strategies?