UCCRN and NASA help NYC and Rio de Janeiro mitigate against climate risks

by | November 18, 2016
Categories: Events, News

UCCRN and NASA co-led a 3-day workshop from November 14-16, 2016 at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), bringing together researchers and city officials from New York City and Rio de Janeiro to share ways to mitigate against climate risks affecting two of the world’s largest metropolitan regions.

With participants from UCCRN; NASA GISS; NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; Rio de Janeiro City Hall; and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, this in-depth training workshop enabled researchers to share how they use NASA satellite data and climate models in their collaborations with various city governments.

A public educational webinar, co-hosted by Cynthia Rosenzweig, Co-Director of UCCRN, discussed how the city of Rio de Janeiro responds to the challenge of monitoring water quality and addressing sea-level rise. A video archive of this presentation can be found here.

Participants in the workshop also took a trip down to South Ferry to visit sites that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and study NYC’s resilience projects – this was featured on NASA Earth’s Facebook Live feed, which can be viewed here.


UCCRN’s Co-Director, Cynthia Rosenzweig and International Program Manager, Somayya Ali Ibrahim, behind the scenes of the NASA-Rio-UCCRN Facebook Live event.

UCCRN’s Rio de Janeiro Hub, which was launched in October 2015, will be instrumental in sharing the knowledge gained during this workshop to other cities in Brazil and Latin America.

Moving forward, UCCRN hopes to hold these collaborative workshops in other cities in our network such as Paris, Canberra, Philadelphia, and Shanghai.

The workshop was also featured on NASA’s homepage, and more information can be found here.


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