Date of Award

Fall 12-20-2019


John Van Buren


This paper addresses the impact of climate change in New York City. Chapter 1 focuses on details found in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report on the impact of climate change worldwide. At the city level, this paper analyzes New York City’s Risk Landscape: A Guide to Hazard Mitigation and New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report, which provides data on how climate change will impact NYC, specifically. Chapter 2 explores the history of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its use in mitigation and conservation practices over time. Chapter 3 studies how GIS has been used for environmental matters pertaining to NYC specifically, especially when addressing natural hazards. Chapter 4 looks at how GIS has been useful in analyzing economic aspects and social matters in terms of resiliency. After drawing conclusions and information from the previous chapters, Chapter 5 lists policy recommendations on how to use GIS proactively in resiliency efforts. It is based on grassroots action and modernizing NYC government data processes and information.