There is a dearth of research focusing on the role that urban residential open space plays in climate change adaptation, despite evidence suggesting that environmental benefits accrue when even small pockets of open space are made permeable and vegetated. In densely built New York City, there are 53,000 acres of such land. One city block with adjoining contiguous open space was investigated to quantify its existing environmental value and also its potential to provide enhanced services through redesign. The study block’s open space was found to be 35% permeable and planted with 96 trees, storing 100,000 lb of carbon. Simulations conducted using the United States Environmental Protection Agency Stormwater Management Model contrasting normal, light, and heavy precipitation years suggested that increases in annual precipitation could be fully mitigated by reducing impervious surface cover by 25%. The preservation of the existing vegetated residential urban open space and the conversion of paved surfaces to a pervious condition both appear to be effective strategies for enhancing the city’s ability to adapt to and mitigate for climate change. To read the published article, click The overlooked role of New York City urban yards in mitigating and adapting to climate change
Overlooked Environmental Assets in NYC–Article Published in Local Environment
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