Current and Upcoming

The Future of Urban Floods

December 12, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai

In October 2012, New York City experienced the most severe natural disaster in its modern history when 'Superstorm' Sandy flooded large portions of the city, destroying low-lying neighborhoods and incapacitating much of the city’s infrastructure. How predictable was this event and how prepared was the city? In the five years since, New York has undertaken an ambitious program to increase its resilience to future storms; is the city better prepared for such events and for longer term effects of climate change and sea level rise?

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to a lecture by Professor Adam Sobel, Director and Chief Scientist at the Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate at Columbia University, who will address these questions, and similar risks to other coastal megacities. The lecture will be followed by a discussion about an ongoing project with the Center to assess the likelihood of a cyclone and storm surge in Mumbai.

About the Speaker

Dr. Adam Sobel is a Professor in the Departments of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, and Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, where he directs the new Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. He authored Storm Surge, Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future, where he combines science with his first-hand experience of Sandy and encourages readers to think differently about the long-term risk of storm surges.