Working Together to Build Climate Resilience in Hudson Riverfront Communities

  • Libby Zemaitis
  • Nava Tabak
  • Kristin MarcellEmail author
  • Bennett Brooks
  • Julie Noble
Reference work entry


Hudson riverfront communities are facing climate risks on a scale greater than their small populations and capacity-limited governments can easily address. Led by a partnership of state and municipal governments and nonprofit organizations, four of these communities (ranging in size from 2500 to 25,000 residents) embarked on year-long resilience planning processes beginning in 2012. Each community created a resilience plan, drawing on stakeholder education, participatory mapping, vulnerability assessment, and cost-benefit analyses. These plans included specific priority actions for adapting their waterfront to increasing flood risk. Since these reports were finalized in 2013 and 2014, the four communities have begun tackling actions, updating their plans, and leveraging public grant funding. More recently in 2016 and 2017, the partnership organized a Learning Group for these communities to collaborate and receive technical assistance on the following topics: planning, emergency management, water infrastructure, and community engagement. This paper introduces the context of climate adaptation in the Hudson Valley region; outlines the resilience planning and Learning Group processes; shares insights, including resilience recommendations communities had in common, and lessons learned; and proposes future work.


Climate change Adaptation Resilience Community resilience Resilience plan Hudson River 


  1. Adger NW (2003) Social capital, collective action, and adaptation to climate change. Econ Geogr 79(4):387–404CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Andrulis DP, Siddiqui NJ, Purtle JP (2011) Integrating racially and ethnically diverse communities into planning for disasters: the California experience. Disaster Med Public Health Prep 5(03):227–234CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Frerichs L, Kim M, Dave G, Cheney A, Hassmiller Lich K, Jones J, … Corbie-Smith G (2016) Stakeholder perspectives on creating and maintaining trust in community–academic research partnerships. Health Educ Behav 44(1):182–191CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Harrison JL, Montgomery CA, Bliss JC (2016) Beyond the monolith: the role of bonding, bridging, and linking social capital in the cycle of adaptive capacity. Soc Nat Resour 29(5):525–539CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Kerner DA, Thomas SJ (2014) Resilience attributes of social-ecological systems: framing metrics for management. Resources 3:627–702CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Melillo JM (2014) Climate change impacts in the United States: the third national climate assessment. Government Printing Office, Washington, DCCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Nelson DR (2011) Adaptation and resilience: responding to a changing climate. WIREs Clim Chang 2:112–120CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. New York State Governor’s Office (2018) State of the state: building on a record of accomplishments. Office of the Governor, Albany, NYGoogle Scholar
  9. New York State Governor’s Office (2013) NYS 2100 Commission: Recommendations to improve the strength and resilience of the Empire State’s infrastructure. Department of State, Albany, NYGoogle Scholar
  10. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (2017) Part 490, projected sea-level rise, 6 NYCRR, chapter IV quality services, subchapter I: climate change. NYS DEC, Albany, NYGoogle Scholar
  11. Rosenzweig C (ed) (2011) Responding to climate change in New York State: the climaid integrated assessment for effective climate change adaptation in New York State; Final report. Blackwell, BostonGoogle Scholar
  12. Schrock G, Bassett EM, Green J (2015) Pursuing equity and justice in a changing climate. J Plan Educ Res 35(3):282–295CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Shi L, Chu E, Anguelovski I, Aylett A, Debats J, Goh K, … Van Deveer SD (2016) Roadmap towards justice in urban climate adaptation research. Nat Clim Chang 6(2): 131–137CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Stults M, Woodruff SC (2016) Looking under the hood of local adaptation plans: shedding light on the actions prioritized to build local resilience to climate change. Mitig Adapt Strateg Glob Chang 22(8):1249–1279CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  • Libby Zemaitis
    • 1
  • Nava Tabak
    • 2
  • Kristin Marcell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bennett Brooks
    • 3
  • Julie Noble
    • 4
  1. 1.NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell UniversityNew PaltzUSA
  2. 2.Scenic HudsonPoughkeepsieUSA
  3. 3.Consensus Building InstituteNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.City of KingstonKingstonUSA

Personalised recommendations