Institute research is focused on understanding the current state of urban ecosystems and how they will respond to disturbances. The ecosystems of Jamaica Bay provide valuable services to people and other life. Maintaining and restoring these ecosystems requires understanding their processes, functions, and patterns of recovery. It also requires innovating and testing adaptations that might shift ecosystems toward more resilient states. Among many stresses addressed by Institute research, climate change in particular is expected to create an intersecting set of pressures on urban ecosystems, including rising air and ocean temperatures, accelerating sea level rise, and potentially increasing storm magnitude.

Explore some of the projects that focus on this objective: