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Urban Resilience: Why Ecology Matters


Heat waves, floods, and air quality alerts – cities like New York are already suffering from the impacts of climate change. What does the future hold? And how can ecology improve urban resilience and the lives of city residents?

Discover nature-based solutions in a conversation with Cary Institute’s Dr. Steward Pickett, a founder of the field of urban ecology, and Dr. Timon McPhearson, Director of the Urban Systems Lab at The New School and a Cary Research Fellow.

Cities are home to most of the world’s population. Yet they are grappling with environmental stresses that threaten health and infrastructure. Explore cities as ecosystems, learn why ecology is vital to sustainability, and discuss the latest thinking on melding biology with urban planning and design.

What will New York City look like in 2050? This depends, in large part, on how we respond to the challenges before us today. Join the conversation.


Journal Articles

Social-ecological and technological factors moderate the value of urban
Changing urban risk: 140 years of climatic hazards in New York City
Multi-hazard risks in New York City
Landscape-Based Extreme Heat Vulnerability Assessment

Urban Ecology Research

Baltimore Ecosystem Study
Urban Systems Lab

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