The mission of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) is to understand how climate variability and change is impacting urban areas in the Northeastern United States, and to conduct stakeholder-driven research that 1) reduces climate-related vulnerability, and 2) advances opportunities for adaptation in the region.

CCRUN was founded in 2010 as part of NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments (RISA) Program and encompasses the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Through the initial years of the project, our focus has been on the Boston, New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. In future years, we will be expanding to include smaller cities in the region as well.

With the cross-cutting themes of climate and vulnerability/evaluation in mind, CCRUN has identified the most vulnerable sectors in the region to be water (availability, quality and management), coasts (management and reduction of hazards associated with coastal storms and sea level rise), and public health (impacts of extreme heat, air and water pollution). Within each sector, our stakeholders consist of federal, state and city agencies, as well as various private organizations for which reducing vulnerability and improving adaptive capacity in the face of climate change is a priority.

Our team is comprised of investigators, research & support staff and graduate students from five institutions across the CCRUN project area: Columbia University in New York City, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, City College of the City University of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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