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July 2010 WORKSHOP – Hudson Valley Climate Change Network

Hudson Valley Climate Change Network Workshop – July 14, 2010

Join Dr. Art DeGaetano, Director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell and William Nechamen, Chief of the Floodplain Management Section at NYSDEC and members of the Hudson Valley Climate Change Network.

Agenda and Presentations

Updated Projections for Climate Change in the Hudson Valley Dr. Art DeGaetano, Cornell University

Flood Risk and the Challenge of Public Perception Bill Nechamen, Chief, Floodplain Mgmt Section, NYSDEC

Dr. DeGaetano will present localized climate projections for temperature, precipitation and sea-level rise for this century. Be the first to hear these new projections. Case studies from different sectors, such as water resources, ecosystems, energy, public health and transportation will be used to illustrate potential impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies.

William Nechamen will speak on FEMA flood maps, flood risk and public perception. The Hudson Valley is already experiencing intense storms and flooding. Both are projected to increase as the climate continues to change. Communities can prepare now by understanding the risk of flooding and how floodplain maps are derived.

Several New York State climate change initiatives are in full swing and findings will be published within the year, including the NYS Sea Level Rise Task Force report, and the NYS Climate Action Plan. Kristin Marcell of NYSDEC will provide a brief update on these initiatives. Barbara Fratianni of NYSDEC will explain how your community can join the group of 35 Climate Smart Communities in the Hudson Valley.

Tour the new 29.7 kw photo-voltaic system at Norrie Point.

Directions: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37889.html

Questions? Contact Emilie Hauser, HRNERR Hudson River Estuary Training Program, emilie.hauser@dec.ny.gov, 845-889-4745 X 112; Kristin Marcell, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program, kamarcel@gw.dec.state.ny.us, 845-256-3017; or Ellen Weiss, The Nature Conservancy, eweiss@tnc.org, 914-244-3271 x 21.

Hudson Valley Climate Change Network Workshop
July 14, 2010 at Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY

Presentations and Handouts

For information on the Estuary Training Program:  call  845-889-4745 x 112. emilie.hauser@dec.ny.gov

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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