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William D. Solecki
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Hunter College
Phone: (212) 772-5450
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Geography, Rutgers University, 1990
Research Interests: Climate change, resilience and transformation, environmental transitions
Solecki’s research focuses on urban environmental change, resilience, and urbanization. From 2006 - 2014, he has served as the Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College. He has served as the co-leader of several climate impacts and land use studies in the states of New York, New Jersey, and the extended northeast region. He was the co-lead for the NYSERDA ClimAID Report and the Co-Chair of the New York Panel on Climate Change. He recently was a lead author of the IPCC, Working Group II, Urban Areas chapter (chapter 8) and a coordinating lead author of the US National Climate Assessment, Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Vulnerability chapter (chapter 11).

Recent Publications:
  • Seto K. and Solecki W. eds. (2015). Handbook in Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Routledge Press. In press. Solecki W. and Rosenzweig C. (2015). Climate Change and Cities. In Cities as Heroes in the Face of Environmental Change. Bai, X. Ed. Yale University Press. In press.
  • Solecki W. (2015). Climate Change and U.S Cities: Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation. In Land Policy Annual Review. Lincoln Land Institute, Chicago, IL. In press.
  • O’Neill B C, Kriegler E., Kristie L, Ebi K L, Kemp-Benedict E, Riahi K, Rothman D, van Ruijven B, van Vuurenh D P Birkmann J, Kokk K, Levy M, Solecki W. (2015). The Roads Ahead: Narratives for Shared Socioeconomic Pathways describing World Futures in the 21st Century. Global Environmental Change. In press.
  • Solecki W., Patrick L, and Springings Z. (2015). Urban Climate Change Policy Transitions: A View from New York City. In Adaptive Challenge of Climate Change, K. O’Brien and E. Selboe edtiors. New York, Cambridge University Press. In press.

  • CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities
  • Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay