About the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

Urban populations and infrastructure have unique vulnerabilities to extreme extreme events, and these vulnerabilities are projected to increase in the future.  The metropolitan areas of the Northeast United States are at the vanguard of resilience efforts, in part due to the involvement of CCRUN scientists in each city’s efforts.  However, preparation for the full range of climate risks facing the region requires much more work. The primary challenge is to make these resilience efforts – both underway and planned – as successful as possible, and to scale them up to meet the scope of the need.

CCRUN serves stakeholder needs in assessing and managing risks from climate variability and change. It is currently also the only RISA team with a principal focus on climate change adaptation in urban settings. As such, CCRUN is designed to address the complex challenges that are associated with densely populated, highly interconnected urban areas, such as urban heat island effects; poor air quality; intense coastal development, and multifunctional settlement along inland waterways; complex overlapping institutional jurisdictions; integrated infrastructure systems; and highly diverse, and in some cases, fragile socio-economic communities.

CCRUN’s geographic domain includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.  Much of the first phase of research concentrated on the urban corridor from Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.  CCRUN now is investigating within small cities in the region, as well as the broader water, food, and infrastructure ‘shed’s that support the region.

About the NOAA RISA Program 

NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that help expand and build the nation’s capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. Central to the RISA approach are commitments to process, partnership, and trust building. RISA teams work with public and private user communities to:

●  advance understanding of context and risk;

●  support knowledge to action networks;

●  innovate services, products and tools to enhance the use of science in decision making; and

●  advance science policy.