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According to Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, climate change influences warmer water, causing the oceans to take up more space and causing a higher percentage of water vapor in the atmosphere, which creates more powerful storms. That being said, it is evident that climate change has contributed to rising sea levels and more intense storms so it is important to understand the dangers associated with this issue and what possible options exist to minimize its impacts.

Our research investigates the threat of rising waters in the lower New York coastal region and what plans have been proposed to protect the coast. By reaching out to municipalities along the Westchester and New York City coastlines, we have examined how these cities and towns are planning to mitigate the threat of rising waters. The goal of this research is to summarize some of the preventive actions being considered by New York City and Westchester County. We hope that our findings will encourage communities without action plans to develop protective strategies and others to adopt established designs that may benefit them.

dc 2014 spillo sorrentino supplemental data.pdf (215 kB)
"Rising Waters" survey results