Tuesday 6
Landscapes of Resilience- understanding how the creation and care of green spaces can affect resilience in times of crisis
Keith Tidball, Erika Svendsen, Traci Sooter
› 15:45 - 16:40 (55min)
› JOFFRE 1-6
Green space and stewardship in New York City's Post-Sandy Waterfront Communities
Erika Svendsen  1, *@  , Lindsay Campbell  1@  , Nancy Falxa-Raymond  1@  , Gillian Baine  1@  
1 : USDA Forest Service - NYC Urban Field Station  (NYC UFS)  -  Website
* : Corresponding author

This presentation describes a mixed-method social and site assessment of New York City parks, wetlands, and forests in the neighborhoods and open spaces surrounding Jamaica Bay, a waterfront area that was heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Historically, these spaces have been underexplored not only for their capacity to buffer the effects of storm surges but also for their value as places that nurture reciprocity between people and their environment. The aim of this study is to better understand the uses, values, functions, and social meanings of the outdoors in and around Jamaica Bay. In particular, we examine whether perceptions of and interactions with open space changed after Hurricane Sandy. The study uses a mixed-method approach of structured field observations, focus groups, and key informant interviews to generate quantitative and qualitative data about who is using the outdoors, how, and why. In the months following Sandy, planners, managers, policy-makers, researchers, engineers and funders have engaged in a dialogue about possible management actions based on what is physically feasible in terms of using natural features to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The inclusion of community practices, beliefs, and norms adds a crucial social dimension to adaptive management strategies. 

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