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How to prevent extreme weather and climate change disruptions to the urban economy

New York Academy of Sciences hosts expert panel discussion on transportation resilience

New York Academy of Sciences

As New Yorkers well know, when extreme weather events disrupt the transportation infrastructure, the vital economic and social networks of a city are impacted, and the means to escape the consequences of such an event are compromised. A panel discussion - among climate experts, transit officials, and representatives of city government - at the New York Academy of Sciences will address the New York City experience in building transportation system resilience given the overarching context of severe weather and climate events and their impacts.

On March 2, 2011, the Greening Transportation and Infrastructure Discussion Group of the New York Academy of Sciences will present "Facing the Elements: Transportation System Resilience in an Era of Extreme Weather and Climate Change." The event will take place at the Academy from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with a networking reception to follow. Registration is required. Please visit www.nyas.org/transportationsystem.

WHAT: A Scientific Symposium: Facing the Elements: Transportation System Resilience in an Era of Extreme Weather and Climate Change

WHO:

Moderator: Rae Zimmerman, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Panelists

  • Kenneth E. Kunkel, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-North Carolina State University, NOAA National Climate Data Center
  • Thomas Abdallah, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City Transit
  • Adam Freed, Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, City of New York
  • Angela Licata, Bureau of Environmental Planning & Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Andy Wiley-Schwartz, Division of Planning & Sustainability - Public Spaces, New York City Department of Transportation

WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE: The New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St., 40th floor, New York, NY

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