What is the State of the Art in Preparing for Extreme Weather Events?

Nov. 14, 2012

Professor Michael Gerrard

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and policy makers from the United States and Taiwan gathered to discuss how modern cities and countries can and should address future extreme weather events.  Available evidence suggests that climate change will cause more frequent and more severe storms in the future.  So how will we prepare to adapt to that new future?


  • Shaw Chen Liu, Distinguished Research Fellow and Director, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Klaus Jacob, Special Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University


  • Ambassador Collin Beck, Permanent Representative of Solomon Islands to the United Nations
  • Ambassador Janine Coye-felson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
  • Professor Michael Gerrard, Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia University
  • Professor William Solecki, Department of Geography, City University of New York–Hunter College
  • Justin Harris, Office of Regional and Bilateral Affairs, US EPA.


  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York
  • Academic Council on the United Nations System.

Event flyer available here. 

Summary of the event available here.

Video of South-South News report of conference available here.