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Addressing Climate Change

A woman makes her way through flood waters in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York.

Understanding climate change impacts and assessing their implications for policy makers and managers is challenging. Some risks, such as the extent of projected sea level rise, can be well documented. But the management responses can be technically challenging and politically difficult. For other risks, the complexity of the Hudson River’s ecosystem makes it difficult to grasp all the potential issues, from species migration to water quality. The Foundation strives to develop new scientific information that contributes to the understanding of how climate change and the coastal adaptation necessitated by rising seas affects hydrologic, ecologic and biogeochemical processes of the Hudson River and its drainage basin. Together with the partners in the Harbor & Estuary Program we have examined how specific stressors – like warmer water temperatures and changes in precipitation – will impact shared goals for reducing pollution and improving and improving habitat and public access.

Related Resources

Opportunities to Advance Wetlands Migration Pathway Protection

HEP commissioned an assessment of the protection of pathways for tidal wetlands to advance inland as sea level rises.

Report and Seminar
Physical Influences of Storm Surge Barriers

A report and seminar on proposed storm surge barriers by Drs. Philip M. Orton and David K. Ralston.

Climate Change Impact on Estuary Management

A report by HEP that assesses how the risks associated with climate change stressors will impact estuary management.

Climate Change Effects on Water Quality and Biota

A summary of research on potential impacts of projected temperature and precipitation changes on estuarine biota in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary by Dr. David Yozzo.