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. The second Phase of CCRUN began in 2015 and is envisioned to continue to 2020.

Over the past several years, many high-profile events – most notably Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – demonstrated how vulnerable the urban Northeast corridor is to weather and climate extremes. These recent events and future climate 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.


Cities and medium and smaller sized communities throughout the urban Northeast have pioneered efforts to plan and implement a variety of adaptation strategies to enhance climate resilience, with many contributions from the CCRUN team.

Hurricane Sandy damage in Queens, New York