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Adam Parris

Adam Parris

New York, New York - Deputy Director of Climate Science and Risk Communication, City of New York

Climate Science and Risk Communication
City of New York
New York, NY


  • New York, New York - Deputy Director of Climate Science and Risk Communication, City of New York


Having lived near estuaries all his life, Adam Parris is passionate about positive change where people, waters, and diverse species converge at the coast and about making science more relevant and useful. Currently, he leads the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay in New York City, a partnership between governmental, research, and community organizations aimed at improving resilience in the region’s coastal waters. Previously, he helped develop the Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery, an effort to integrate science on future sea level rise with flood insurance information for rebuilding and recovery efforts. He has been involved in integrating sea level rise information into the coastal planning efforts of a number of Federal agencies, as well as the states of California, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. From 2010 – 2015, Mr. Parris directed NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, a national effort to connect science to climate adaptation and preparedness decisions in different regions across the US. With over 50 scientists from the RISA program, he co-edited and co-authored Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, an in-depth exploration of techniques for producing usable knowledge and climate services. He enjoys speaking in public and has done so regularly for over 100 audiences large and small, including local and national media outlets. Mr. Parris won a Presidential award as Climate Champion, a NOAA Administrator’s Award, and a Bronze medal from the Department of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Environmental Geology from Bucknell University and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Vermont. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two kids and dog, who are a constant source of inspiration, humility, and good humor.

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Journal Articles


Bednarek, A. T., C. Wyborn, C. Cvitanovic, R. Meyer, R. M. Colvin, P. F. Addison, S. L. Close, K. Curran, M. Farooque, E. Goldman, D. Hart, H. Mannix, B. McGreavy, A. S. Parris, S. Posner, C. Robinson, M. Ryan and P. Leith. 2018. Boundary spanning at the science-policy interface: The practitioners' perspectives. Sustainability Science 13:1175-1183. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-018-0550-9. (link )

Rosenzweig, B., P. M. Groffman, C. B. Zarnoch, B. F. Branco, E. K. Hartig, J. Fitzpatrick, H. M. Forgione and A. S. Parris. 2018. Nitrogen regulation by natural systems in “unnatural” landscapes: denitrification in ultra-urban coastal ecosystems. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 4(9):205-224. DOI: 10.1080/20964129.2018.1527188. (link )



Sanderson, E., A. S. Parris, J. Waldman and W. Solecki. 2016. Prospects for Resilience: Insights from New York City's Jamaica Bay. Island Press. ISBN: 978-1610917322.