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Dr. Leichenko appointed to Mayor De Blasio's Climate Leadership Team

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Professor Robin Leichenko, Chair of the Department of Geography at Rutgers, was appointed to the group of independent, expert scientists to advise the Mayor of New York City on climate risks and to develop a new climate assessment report 

NEW YORK – Today, Mayor de Blasio announced the leadership team for the fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). This team consists of a diverse and distinguished group of academics, researchers, and practitioners with expertise in the disciplines of climate science, environmental studies, demography, urban planning, architecture, and design. Effective today, Deborah Balk, Christian Braneon, Robin Leichenko, Richard Moss, and Joel Towers will join the NPCC, where they will oversee the selection of the full panel and lead the development of the NPCC4 assessment report.

"I am confident that this diverse and talented leadership team will fight to protect all New Yorkers from the effects of global warming," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "With expertise in climate science, environmental studies, demography, urban planning, architecture, and design, this team will ensure that we are looking at every possible way we can make New York City more resilient."

The NPCC is an independent body that analyzes climate risks to New York City and advises on resiliency and adaptation to help ensure the city is prepared to withstand and emerge stronger from the multiple impacts of climate change.

The NPCC is responsible for producing science on current and projected climate trends for the NYC metropolitan area. Climate projections are the foundation of the City's adaptation planning. For example, they are used in the engineering and design of coastal resiliency projects and help to prioritize the City's adaptation investments.

"Prior NPCC assessments established New York City as a global leader in urban climate adaptation planning. I look forward to building upon this foundational work to identify transformative opportunities that prepare the city for climate change and are also attentive to issues of equity and long-term sustainability," said Robin Leichenko.

Past NPCC work has also yielded important information on direct and indirect impacts from climate change including recurring "sunny day" flooding events, the impact of heat waves on public health, and ways to combat social vulnerability by incorporating equity into adaptation planning. This information has contributed to the development of New York City's multi-hazard adaptation strategy, which includes over $20 billion of investments and major coastal resiliency projects in all five boroughs.

See the full press release here.