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Urban Coastal Resilience: Valuing Nature's Role

July 2015

This report considers the use of natural infrastructure to address flood and other climate change–induced risks in an urban area. It has three primary objectives:

  • To evaluate the relative merits of various approaches to climate change resilience, using the New York City community of Howard Beach, Queens, as a case study;
  • To propose an innovative approach to quantifying ecosystem functions and services;
  • And to establish replicable methods for making decisions about using natural infrastructure in this context.
Using natural infrastructure to address flood and other climate change-induced risks in an urban area
Using natural infrastructure to address flood and other climate change-induced risks in an urban area
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