The Coastal Cities – The example New York:
Like many other coastal cities, New York is exposed to a high risk of extreme weather, which has increased as a result of climate change. This includes in particular storm surges, as the modern-day New York has experienced during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which has made the endangerment of the city a political issue for the future as well.
The threat of flooding from the sea in New York is further promoted by an unusually high sea level rise in global comparison. In addition, as a result of the high building density the city suffers from heat waves, whose frequency and intensity will increase as a result of global warming in the coming decades.
In view of this situation, the administration of the city of New York has launched a comprehensive research and planning program to determine the impact of climate change on the population and to develop adaptation measures.