The workshop is designed as a day long-discussion on the risk of a catastrophic flood in Mumbai due to a tropical cyclone-driven storm surge. Such an event has not occurred in Mumbai’s modern history, but could well occur in the future, as was witnessed by New York City where catastrophic flooding due to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy (2012) had also once seemed a remote possibility to most residents. That experience has motivated Dr. Sobel’s research.
While tropical cyclones are relatively rare in the Arabian Sea, they do occasionally strike India’s west coast. Due to Mumbai’s low-lying coastal geography and coastal infrastructure, the landfall of a severe cyclone could cause a major disaster.
Agenda for the workshop
9.45 am- 10.10 am: Registration and Tea Reception
10.10 am -10.15 am: Welcome Address by Dr. Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai
10.15 am- 10.45 am: Opening Remarks from Professor Adam Sobel and his team from the Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, Columbia University
10.45 am- 12:45 pm: Round-table Discussion with Physical Scientists with experience in Tropical Cyclones and Climate on the likelihood that a severe cyclone landfall could occur in Mumbai.
12:45 pm- 1:30 pm- Lunch
1.30 pm-3:30 pm: Round-table Discussion with Urban Experts (including Disaster Management officials, Housing experts, Planners, Community-based Organisations and Public Policy Experts) on Mumbai’s Pattern of Development and Potential Vulnerabilities