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Global warming is focus of report by a number of leading experts including NYU Wagner's Rae Zimmerman

Global warming is focus of report by a number of leading experts including NYU Wagner's Rae Zimmerman

A report released Feb. 17, 2009, by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found that the city's average annual temperatures could increase by 4 to 7.5 degrees, yearly rainfall will increase by 5 to 10 inches, and seas could rise by up to 23 inches, or even 55 inches if the rate of ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica persists in speeding up.

NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman is a member of the expert panel convened by the city government and financed by a $350,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Professor Zimmerman is Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS), housed at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

The panel also predicted more frequent and intense "extreme events," like heat waves, short periods of intense rain, droughts, and coastal flooding.

The report is entitled "Climate Risk Information" and can be seen by clicking on the link below.

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Following September 11th, ICIS collaborated with dozens of institutions to support research on the implications of the attacks on public infrastructure services and the built environment to protect human welfare. Because of the ICIS partnership network (CMS 9728805) with the University of Southern California (USC) and Cornell University, public agency partners, and internationally known infrastructure professionals, ICIS contributed a team on critical infrastructure systems for the proposal for the first Homeland Security Center of Excellence, called the Homeland Security Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. The team won the competition against over 70 other applicants. USC, a long-time ICIS partner, is the lead institution, and NYU Wagner/ICIS will lead the critical infrastructure assessments under the direction of Professor Rae Zimmerman, ICIS Director. The entire center is expected to receive $12 million in funding over the next 3 years, and will develop risk and economic modeling tools for terrorist events, using critical infrastructure as a major application area for those tools.

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The contemporary public service sector faces substantial and growing challenges ”both global and local” that demand innovative and collaborative action. This program builds on the expertise and achievements of seasoned analysts and practitioners, empowering them with additional skills and the versatility required to deal with these evolving challenges effectively.

Paul Smoke

NYU Wagner Program Director

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Adapting the physical city to serve the public better requires a renewed understanding of infrastructure and its value and exploration of new innovations that reduce some of its current vulnerabilities.

Rae Zimmerman

Professor of Planning and Public Administration

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There is no better place to study and understand the 21st century city than New York, where government has created the conditions that allow more than 8 million people to call it "home." New York is proof that even in the age of the internet, there is a powerful need for face-to-face communications.

Mitchell Moss

Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy

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New York University’s Wagner School Selected as Partner on First Homeland Security Center for Excellence

New York University’s Wagner School Selected as Partner on First Homeland Security Center for Excellence

New York University�s Wagner School is part of a consortium of major research universities selected by the United States Department of Homeland Security to form the first-ever Homeland Security Center for Excellence. The center, which will be housed at the University of Southern California, will study the potential targets and means of terrorists, focusing on how best to protect the country�s critical infrastructure, including its electrical grid, transportation systems, and communications networks.

News Media Taps ICIS Insights

News Media Taps ICIS Insights

The Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) is a research and education center at NYU Wagner. Infrastructure is a key foundation for quality of life, economy, jobs, and environmental sustainability. In instances when infrastructure fails owing to forces of age, neglect or nature, ICIS Director Rae Zimmerman, Wagner Professor of Planning and Public Administration, is frequently turned to for her knowledge, insight, and perspective. The latest cases were the New York subway flooding Aug. 8, 2007, the Minneapolis bridge failure Aug. 1, and the New York steam pipe explosion July 18. These prompted interviews by such outlets as CNN, National Public Radio, Forbes.com Video Network, and the New York Times. For access to the media coverage, click on the ICIS link below.

ICIS activities support the discovery of new insights and interdisciplinary approaches to planning, building, and managing civil infrastructure systems to meet their social and environmental objectives. Current areas of research include infrastructure security, risk communication and management, and the sustainability of urban areas.

NYS RISE Storm Preparedness Initiative Taps Prof. Rae Zimmerman

NYS RISE Storm Preparedness Initiative Taps Prof. Rae Zimmerman

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), an “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University -- and NYU Wagner professor Rae Zimmerman will participate as a researcher. According to the Governor’s announcement, the new Institute “will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters.”

Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, has been working under the leadership of NYUPoly and other members of NYS RISE as a researcher in infrastructure resiliency and planning-related issues in connection with extreme weather events.

In addition to NYU and Stony Brook University, partners in the research consortium include Columbia University, Cornell University, City University of New York, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Professor Zimmerman has been involved in considerable research in the infrastructure and environmental fields, especially in the context of extreme events, and is the Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) at NYU Wagner. She currently directs a National Science Foundation-funded “RAPID” grant on infrastructure-related effects of Hurricane Sandy, as well as a University Transportation Research Center (Region 2)-funded study of transportation connectivity, in part covering how connectivity is related to adaptation during extreme events.

For more information, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/11012013-nys-rise.

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