CSDMS 2024: Coastlines, Critical Zones and Cascading Hazards: Modeling Dynamic Interfaces from Deep Time to Human Time

Co-producing advances in natural/human coastal climate systems research and coastal climate adaptation services: the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH)

Robert Kopp

Rutgers University, United States

Launched in 2021 through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People (CoPe) Program, the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub is a partnership among 13 institutions, focused on four intertwined goals:

1) Doing science that is useful and used, specifically by facilitating flexible, equitable, and robust long-term planning to manage climate risk in the urban megaregion spanning Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City 2) Doing science that advances human understanding of how coastal climate hazards, coastal landforms, and human decisions at household, municipal, market, and policy scales interact to shape climate risk, 3) Training the next generation of leaders in transdisciplinary climate research and engagement, 4) Building a sustainable academic/stakeholder co-production partnership model for just, equitable, and inclusive climate action in diverse coastal, urban megaregions around the world.

MACH's initial work has focused particularly on Philadelphia and its surroundings. Core themes within this work include:

1) Characterization of compound flood and heat+flood hazard and risk 2) The role of insurance in the interrelated insurance/mortgage/ housing markets 3) The impacts of flood risk on municipal finances 4) Improving equity considerations in the design of strategies to manage flood risks 5) Household decision-making regarding flood risk in low-income, renter-dominated neighborhoods

This talk will introduce MACH and highlight emerging lessons from MACH's transdisciplinary research and engagement model.

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Of interest for:
  • Marine Working Group
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Education and Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group
  • Chesapeake Focus Research Group
  • Critical Zone Focus Research Group
  • Human Dimensions Focus Research Group
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group
  • River Network Modeling Initiative