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Enabling Rockaway Homeowners to Adapt to Coastal Flooding


Client: Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity (RISE)

Partners: Columbia University, Stevens Institute, New York Hall of Science
The multi-disciplinary project aims to empower homeowners across the Rockaway Peninsula to reduce impacts of flooding on their homes, finances, and lives. Homeowners are uniquely at risk to  flooding while also most able to take action; they also play an important role as community innovators. Working in close collaboration with civic associations to design, implement, and evaluate three engagement strategies to  understand how to best support homeowners and catalyze preparedness and community-wide conversations about coastal flooding. The research will be used to scale the project and develop a community toolkit that can be used to spur community dialogue about climate adaptation.    

Images courtesy of RISE. Photos by Giles Ashford.