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Data and Tools for Climate and Flood Impacts and Adaptation Planning
This seminar will introduce 3 map based decision support tools for future adaptation planning:

Sea level rise and flood mappers typically show static GIS-based “bathtub” extrapolations of how floods or daily high tides would rise and spread further out into floodplains. Dynamic model-based flood mappers have a greater capacity for merging flood water sources, simulating the changes in flooding including possible interactions between sea level rise, tides, storm surge and river flows. The Hudson River Flood Impact Decision Support System is an interactive map application that allows users to evaluate the scale of potential flooding for tidally-affected shorelines of the Hudson River Valley and Westchester County under a variety of sea level rise and storm scenarios. HRFIDSS was created by CIESIN and Stevens Institute of Technology with funding provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The project web page with additional background information can be found here.

Sea level rise and flood mappers also rarely demonstrate how flood adaptation can reduce the flood areas and depths. We will also describe the general concept of flood adaptation mappers, show an example of such a mapper, and outline possibilities for potential future development. AdaptMap is another dynamic model-based flood mapping web‐tool, and demonstrates the effects of nature-based features on flood hazard zones for the highly populated areas surrounding Jamaica Bay, New York City. The project web page with additional background information can be found here.

Visionmaker is a tool designed to encourage community participation in adaptation planning in New York City. Users from landscape architects to schoolchildren, can define their own area of interest, query the pre-Contact and contemporary ecosystems, and then make their own “vision” of the future by changing ecosystems, lifestyles, and climate scenarios.

Mar 3, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kytt MacManus
GIS Developer/Senior Systems Analyst @Columbia University Earth Institute’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
Kytt MacManus is a GIS Developer/Senior Systems Analyst at the Columbia University Earth Institute’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and in the Sustainable Development program of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) at Columbia College. Kytt has extensive experience with global dataset and web application development for the NASA Socio-economic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC), hosted by CIESIN.
Dr. Philip Orton
Research Associate Professor of ocean engineering @Stevens Institute of Technology
Dr. Philip Orton is a Research Associate Professor of ocean engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. He earned his PhD in physical oceanography from Columbia University, and has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles on coastal physical oceanography, storm surges, flood risk assessment, air-sea interaction, sediment transport, and coastal meteorology. He is a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change, was appointed by New Jersey’s Governor to serve on the New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council, and is a contributing author for the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.
Eric W. Sanderson
Senior Conservation Ecologist @Wildlife Conservation Society
Eric W. Sanderson is a senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he writes about the past, present, and future of nature in New York City and other places. He is the author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City; and Terra Nova: The New World after Oil, Cars, and Suburbs; and was lead editor of Prospects for Resilience: Insights from New York City's Jamaica Bay.