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CIDR Seminar: Deborah Balk "Urbanization at Risk: Population Exposure in the Low Elevation Coastal Zone, 1990-2015”
Start Date: 12/11/2019Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 12/11/2019End Time: 1:30 PM
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Event Description:
The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR), in collaboration with the Population Council, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, and the UN Population Division and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College Faculty Seminar presents: 

Deborah Balk
Associate Director, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research
 
“Urbanization at Risk: Population Exposure in the Low Elevation Coastal Zone, 1990-2015”

Abstract: Climate change is unambiguously the most challenging issue facing the 21st century.  In 2007, a study by McGranahan, Balk and Anderson established that cites and urban population are disproportionately at risk in coastal zones. Substantial improvements in data, and new data products, have made it possible to update that study and more importantly decompose populations at risk along an urban continuum, by vulnerability within the low elevation coastal zone, and to examine changes in population and built-up area growth and density over a 25 year period. This study reiterates earlier findings but also reveals a Low Elevation Coastal Zone in 2015 with population densities six time higher than the rest of the world. We find 14% of city-dwellers and 10% of suburban, peri-urban and town residents live in the LECZ. Population growth rates since 1990 for urban centers in the LECZ are about 20% higher than growth rates elsewhere. With much historical precedent, most of these settlements have been developed with little regard for coastal environmental sensitivities, and almost no regard for growing climate risks, also concentrated along the coast. Nevertheless, this new-found evidence lays the ground work city and urban-specific adaptation planning.  
 
Lunch will be provided at noon
Talk will begin at 12:30pm


Location Information:
Baruch College - Administration Building
135 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Room 301

 


Contact Information:
Name: Michael Marino
Phone: 646 660 6813
Email: michael.marino@baruch.cuny.edu
Deborah Balk
Schools/Departments:
  • CUNY Institute for Demographic Research
  • Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

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