The Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) is supported by NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program.
CCRUN’s first award was granted in 2010, and the first Phase of the research spanned from 2010 to 2015. During that time, several high-profile events – most notably Hurricane Sandy – demonstrated how vulnerable the urban Northeast corridor is to weather and climate extremes. Beyond Sandy’s surge and high winds, 2010 to 2015 also saw intense precipitation, heat waves, and other climatic extremes within the project’s geographic domain. The frequency, intensity, and duration of many types of extreme events are projected to increase as temperatures and sea levels rise with increasing greenhouse gas concentrations. The recent events and projections have helped foster awareness among decision-makers and scientists that much more work is needed to plan for climate change impacts on the diverse and interconnected communities and infrastructure systems characterizing the region.
Over the past several years, and especially post-Hurricane Sandy, the region’s cities have pioneered efforts to plan and implement a variety of adaptation strategies to enhance climate resilience, with many contributions from the CCRUN team. The City of New York’s post-Sandy rebuilding strategy is based in part on climate risk information and projections developed by CCRUN researchers. As another example, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as municipal, private, and non-profit leaders in Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston, are testing various green infrastructure strategies as a means of reducing risks association with heavy rain and coastal flooding, again with input from CCRUN researchers.
The second Phase of CCRUN began in 2015 and is envisioned to continue to 2020. For this Phase, a set of three overarching research questions, to be explored in tandem with decision-makers, is addressing stakeholder needs to develop new, replicable protocols for short-to-long-term adaptation planning throughout the region.