Climate change is affecting public landscapes now. Research into managing existing landscapes and designing new ones is critical if our parks and gardens are to adapt. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a Consortium of Coastal Parks was formed by 15 public parks and gardens. We created a Best Management Practices protocol for storm preparation and response, and tracked plant response to flooding for over 500 species. This presentation will cover preliminary results from the research of the Consortium, as well as discuss the process, benefits, and necessity of collaborative research initiatives in preparation for climate change.

Presenter: R. McMackin, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York.