Climate adaptation expert Nadia Seeteram, a Climate School postdoctoral research scientist, studies how sea-level rise affects coastal communities. She is especially interested in how climate risks are impacting housing infrastructure and housing needs. Here, she discusses her efforts to understand how local and federal agencies are integrating these risks into urban planning and development.
“We shouldn’t be thinking through these challenges in a reactive mode that almost ensures that we will have unequal societal outcomes,” says Seeteram. “We have to do this proactively.”
This is the fifth video of Science for the Planet, a short explainer series about how scientists and scholars from across the Columbia Climate School are trying to understand the effects of climate change and help solve the crisis.