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Jb task force meeting 10.15.14

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Jb task force meeting 10.15.14

  1. 1. Jamaica Bay Task Force Science and Resilience Institute update October 15, 2014
  2. 2. Updates 1. Institute mission and structure 2. Institute development 3. Research 4. Extension and community 5. Agency planning and coordination
  3. 3. 1 Institute mission The Institute increases understanding of how disturbances impact natural and human systems in urban watersheds through resiliency-focused research of Jamaica Bay, and engages government and community stakeholders in the translation of that knowledge toward a more resilient system. Conducts research to: • understand the temporal nature and robustness of the resilience of Jamaica Bay, New York Harbor, Hudson Raritan Estuary and Gateway National Recreation Area, • develop models for studying the fundamental nature of resilient systems, and • determine how best to manage ecosystems to ensure resilience and sustainability; •Provides technical assistance and guidance to the institute’s governmental partners, including the National Park Service, New York City Parks and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; and •Serves as a center for education and the dissemination of knowledge about processes that affect resilience and contribute to the changes in the urban ecosystem.
  4. 4. 1 Consortium members  City University of New York  Columbia University  Cornell University  Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies  New York Sea Grant  Stevens Institute of Technology  Stony Brook University (SUNY)  Wildlife Conservation Society
  5. 5. 1 Institute structure Institute Public Agencies Community Stakeholders
  6. 6. Institute development - Search for Founding Director  Bill Solecki currently serving as the Interim Director  Search for Founding Director is in the final stages  Consensus that good candidates have emerged from the search process. Plan is to have someone start sometime near the beginning of the new year.
  7. 7. Institute development - Facilities  Interim location of the Institute is on the campus at Brooklyn college  Planning for a new facility on Jamaica Bay, location to be determined.  The SRI will provide lab facilities for researchers and students, as well as hold events and host visiting scientists.
  8. 8. Research projects
  9. 9. Research – Projects funded by 4 DOI/NPS Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Funding  Goal: support research projects that will advance knowledge of resilience in urban coastal ecosystems  Priority research themes of selected projects • climate change and resilient ecosystems • water quality • restoration science • storm damage reduction  Kick off meeting held September 23rd. Research duration for two years.  Institute will be to help coordinate some of the outcomes of these efforts into information that can be used in practice.
  10. 10. 3 Extension and community • Public mission of the Institute emphasizes community engagement around science • Existing extension programs within the Consortium: Cornell Cooperative Extension, CUNY-Sustainable Cities, Rutgers, and NY Sea Grant • Initial research and planning for an extension service program supported by Rockefeller Foundation • Community resilience needs assessment • Building initial relationships through outreach • Best practices research
  11. 11. Extension and community Potential roles for extensions service program: •Work with community partners to identify research priorities and establish good working relationships between community groups and SRIJB scientists as well as area managers •Disseminate and translate science based research generated about JB to community members •Provide training, technical assistance, and resources to community partners •Develop educational curricula
  12. 12. Resilience Practice Assessment report Upcoming SRI@JB Report: “Resiliency Practice in the Jamaica Bay Watershed: Building a Research and Policy Agenda for Action” The purpose is to create a document of record: • synthesize what is known about the resilience of the Jamaica Bay watershed • identify gaps in knowledge • suggest future directions for the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay. • policy-relevant not prescriptive Interim Product – 31 December 2014
  13. 13. Planning and coordination
  14. 14. 4 Agency planning and coordination: RAND project  Develop an integrated, cross-agency master plan scope for Jamaica Bay in collaboration with the SRI Public Agency Council and Stakeholder Advisory Council  Create a participatory, stakeholder-informed decision framework and decision support tool  Use framework to evaluate tradeoffs among a variety of proposed resilience strategies and projects  Inform a longer-term research agenda to support adaptive management and continued stakeholder engagement
  15. 15. 2 Members of the SRI Public Agency Council City State Federal
  16. 16. Precedent: 2 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan Goals: Flood risk reduction Restoration and reversal of land loss trend Consideration of a wide range of other issues
  17. 17. Precedent: 2 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan RAND’s decision support tool: Compared and ranked individual projects Developed different combinations of projects for comprehensive strategy Used interactive visualizations to display tradeoffs and support decisionmaking
  18. 18. Planning Process Timeline Two-phase planning process to develop a long-term master plan for Jamaica Bay Phase I Phase II 5/14 Kickoff 6 months 12-18 months 12/14 4/16 • Set goals for long-term plan • Identify candidate projects • Build decision support tools • Provide input to USACE Reformulation Study • Increase stakeholder engagement • Expand analysis to assess contributions of projects to goals (new modeling) • Understand tradeoffs among goals • Inform long-term agency decisionmaking 2
  19. 19. Thank you! Please contact us with any questions: Peter Vancura, program manager – pvancura @ Bill Solecki, Interim Director – wdsolecki @ Website: