Assessing attitudes to flood risk and climate change before and after the 2011 floods in New York State

Project Name

Assessing attitudes to flood risk and climate change before and after the 2011 floods in New York State

Department(s) or unit(s)

  • Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Contact information

Shorna Allred
Associate Professor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
srb237@cornell.edu
607-255-2149

Art DeGaetano
Professor, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 

Brief Description

In September of 2011, Binghamton, New York experienced record flooding from the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers as a result of Tropical Storm Lee. Many claim it was the worst in their history. We propose to extend our current analysis under a SARP grant (Incorporating climate information in local water planning 2010-2012) to capitalize on the opportunity presented by the 2011 floods to perform a comparison of the community’s climate risk perceptions before and after these recent floods, and assess how this experience has affected their planning and decision processes in relation to adaptive measures. Binghamton is already a focus of our current SARP work, which is aimed at supporting and informing decision-making related to climate change adaptation to hydrologic extremes by combining localized climate information with a social-science analysis of decision-making. This proposed grant would supplement the work that has already been completed by extending the social science analysis.

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Category: Research, Social Science, Water/flooding

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