Resiliency Study Planned For Jamaica Bay

Staff Writer

A CUNY professor will attempt to make Jamaica Bay more resilient in the wake of last year’s Superstorm Sandy.

Catherine Nordenson was awarded $250,000 last week to design strategies to make Queens’ ecological resource more resilient should another major storm hit New York in the future.

Nordenson is a professor at City College in Manhattan. The CUNY University is among four colleges to receive a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, which aims to improve resiliency in coastal areas.

As a result of Sandy, Jamaica Bay’s urban capacity compromised the area’s ability to protect it from flood waters. It needs new strategies to protect its marsh islands.

“As sea levels rise and the risk of storm surge and flooding from hurricanes and other storms increases, the vast scale of Jamaica Bay allows this region of the City to be recast and restructured as an impactful ecological, infrastructural and community asset that can enhance the region’s resiliency,” Nordenson said.

Her research will focus on adapting to sea level rise in coastal areas and rethinking landscape restoration strategies to adapt to climate change.

The project will be done in three phases over 14 months. The phases will include producing a report on the team’s progress. The final phase will be a summary report and a public exhibition showcasing their work.

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