Year 2 Activities

The following is a summary of the primary activities of the initiative within its second year.

Panel Events
Climate Change Impacts: Relocation to Safer Ground: The series of natural disasters occurring within 2017 demonstrated just how disruptive extreme weather events can be to local communities and individual livelihoods.  This panel considered the implications of such extreme weather events on issues of displacement and climate-induced migration.

Toward Resilient Cities & Landscapes: With over 200 students, faculty, and guests in attendance, this event introduced the new Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes in Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). It was concluded with a panel discussion on resilient cities and the ways in which they can mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Climate Change & SIDS: Navigating Resilience in Place in an Age of Retreat: In the face of climate change and steadily increasing populations, small island developing states (SIDS) must confront a unique set of sustainable development challenges. This panel brought together perspectives from around the world to discuss questions of coastal retreat and resilience.

Climate Change Migration Workshop: As a part of the launch activities for the World Bank report, Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration, this workshop opened with remarks by Stephen Hammer, head of climate policy for the World Bank. The event featured a presentation on modeling methods and results, as well as a panel discussion composed of leading experts in the fields of migration and displacement.

Reading Seminar Series
In a continuation of the reading seminars from Year 1, the steering committee organized eight more structured, interdisciplinary discussions around the critical components of climate adaptation. Each seminar was rooted in the shared experience of reading relevant academic papers, hand-selected by the seminar’s discussion leader. Click on the links below for more detail on the different topics of Year 2.

Fall 2017
Re-Greening of the Sahel
Wildfire: Climate, Settlement, Forests, Fire Management
Legal Issues in Managed Coastal Retreat
Retreat Resettlement Issues

Spring 2018
Protective Measures for NYC Infrastructure
Disability and Adaptation Planning
Urban Adaptation and New York City
Adaptation, Mitigation and Land Tenure in the Brazilian Amazon