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ClimAID Webinar Series

Climate change is already affecting the people and resources of New York State, and these impacts are projected to grow. Fortunately, there are many steps that state and local government actors can take to reduce the negative impacts of climate change and take advantage of possible opportunities. The ClimAID webinars provide vital information and resources to help local government agencies take action to reduce local impacts of and adapt to climate change. NYSERDA offers these webinars at no cost.

The webinar series drew heavily from findings in the comprehensive report, ClimAID: the Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State. Read the whole report or its components at: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/climaid

Previous Webinars

Adapting to Climate Change: Case Studies of Community Action

Presenters:
Annie Chiodo, Water Plant Manager, Mount Pleasant, TN
Scott Doyle, Senior Planner, Tompkins County, NY
Madison Quinn, Program Manager, Save the Rain Program, Onondaga County, NY

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

This webinar examined steps some communities are taking that will increase their resilience to future storms—under the current climate as well as into the future. Many of these strategies could be effective for other communities throughout New York State.

Ms. Chiodo reported on how the City of Waynesboro, TN, adapted their water treatment plant after multiple floods—and the savings associated with their measures.

Mr. Doyle discussed how Tompkins County incorporated climate change into their Hazard Mitigation Plan and what adaptation actions some communities are taking.

Ms. Quinn spoke about Onondaga County’s Save the Rain stormwater management plan and some strategies that Syracuse and other communities have implemented.

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Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee: Impacts and Responses

Presenters:
William Solecki, Department of Geography & CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College
Simon Gruber, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST

In August and September of 2011, Hurricane Irene was followed less than two weeks later by Tropical Storm Lee, both of which resulted in large amounts of rain across New York State. Based on the damage caused by Irene and Lee, a number of communities have perceived this episode to be among the historically largest precipitation events, and unprecedented flooding events, on record. As large rain events are projected to increase in New York with the changing climate, it is important to take stock of the impacts these events can have and how communities can begin to prepare for future events.

Dr. Solecki presented the results of a case-study project that investigated the hydrological, vulnerability, and adaptation implications of Irene and Lee in communities in Orange and Ulster Counties, and their experiences with these events. Mr. Gruber will take a look at steps some communities are already taking in response to these storms, which will increase their resilience to future storms—steps that could be effective for other communities, as well.

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Responding to Climate Change in New York State: ClimAID Overview

Presenters:
Arthur DeGaetano, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Daniel Bader, Columbia University
Radley Horton, Columbia University

Thursday, November 29, 2012
12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Climate change is already beginning to affect the people and resources of New York State, and these impacts are projected to grow. At the same time, the state has the potential capacity to address many climate-related risks, thereby reducing negative impacts and taking advantage of possible opportunities. ClimAID: the Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State was undertaken to provide decision-makers with cutting-edge information on the state’s vulnerability to climate change and to assist in the development of adaptation strategies informed by both local experience and scientific knowledge. This webinar gave an overview of the ClimAID results, including the changes in climate we can expect in New York, some of the impacts that will arise from those changes, and some potential ways we can adapt to those impacts.

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View the ClimAID Overview webinar [WMV|97 MB].

Last Updated: 07/21/2014