Infrastructure for Climate Resilience


Past Event

Infrastructure for Climate Resilience

April 18, 2023
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 513

George Deodatis addresses the threat posed by the combination of sea level rise and storm-induced flooding to interdependent infrastructure, including its above- and below-ground components. The ultimate objective is to establish optimal adaptation/mitigation strategies within a prescribed budget. Strategies in this context include, but are not restricted to, building sea-walls or other artificial and natural protective mechanisms, as well as strategic retreat.

Thaddeus Pawlowski will then delve into the crucial topic of climate adaptation in New York City, where he'll share invaluable insights learned from the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy on housing displacement and neighborhood recovery. He will explore why addressing the climate crisis is not just a matter of environmental concern, but also an urgent call to redesign urban systems that perpetuate social vulnerability, and pave the way for a more resilient and sustainable future.

Event Speakers

  • George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University
  • Thaddeus Pawlowski, Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University
  • Moderated by Sarah Cole, Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of the Humanities at Columbia University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. All in-person attendees must follow Columbia's COVID-19 policies. Visitors will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Online attendees will receive a Zoom link from Eventbrite. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

Part of the Climate and Society series. Hosted by

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