May 9, 2020
Quantifying the effects of climate change can be a daunting task to even the brightest scientific minds! To help demystify this complex topic, GreenHomeNYC is bringing leading climate change experts together to discuss their most recent efforts around quantifying our changing environment, and what it means for New York City.
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Speakers at this event will include:
/// Environmental educator and member of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps
/// Postdoctoral research fellow with the Urban Systems Lab at The New School
/// Research Associate at the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy
February 25, 2017
by Samantha Yost
Superstorm Sandy, Credit: Wally Gobetz
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy was a wake-up call to New York City, signaling that the demands of a changing climate are the “new normal,” and the city needs all hands on deck to mitigate the damage of future storms. Although much of the damage caused by flooding events occur during storms, sea level rise is very much a wildcard; higher water levels stack with coastal flooding, increasing the amount of damage that may result.
How much sea level rise can we expect in the next century?
Nobody can say for certain how much global sea level rise we can expect in the next century. Changing sea levels are caused by two main factors: the melting of continental glaciers (most significantly in Greenland and Antarctica), and thermal expansion. Warmer objects expand, and a warmer climate means that our oceans will physically expand in size.