A new top-tier resilience research center is being opened in New York. The Science & Resilience Institute will be located at Jamaica Bay, Queens and will focus on promoting understanding of resilience in the urban ecosystem and nearby communities, according to the Department of the Interior. The institute is part of a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the city.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce the project at a press conference at Gateway National Recreation Area in Queens later this mornig, where he’ll be joined by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.
Jewell and Donovan, chair of the president’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, will also make an announcement about efforts to help communities build coastal resilience. UPDATE: Interior has selected the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to administer the $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program to fund projects that promote resilient natural systems in Sandy-impacted areas.
UPDATE: Crain’s New York reported a team of CUNY scientists and students will study initiatives laid out in the mayor’s June resilience report, using the bay as a working laboratory. Crain’s also said the institute will launch with a Oct. 17-18 conference, “Urban Resilience in an Era of Climate Change: Global Input for Local Solutions.”
MORE COVERAGE: The New York Daily News reported the research facility will be temporarily housed at Brooklyn College, with $3 million budgeted for a permanent home near Jamaica Bay for a research team from CUNY, Columbia, Cornell and Rutgers. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported how the initiative would focus on the Brooklyn side of the bay, including with a new beach grass nursery to help with coastline restoration. Also, here’s an Associated Press report.