Bringing together community members, researchers, scientists, policy experts and more to build resilience and sustainability within the Jamaica Bay watershed and beyond.

About the Institute

The Science + Resilience Institute is a partnership among the National Park Service, the City of New York, and the City University of New York (CUNY) acting on behalf of a Consortium of seven other research institutions: Columbia University, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, New York Sea Grant, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Our mission is to produce integrated knowledge that increases biodiversity, well-being, and adaptive capacity in coastal communities and waters surrounding Jamaica Bay and New York City.

The Institute is hosted and supported by Brooklyn College working closely with other CUNY colleges.

Jamaica Bay

“To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.” 

— Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants


Due to sea level rise, flooding in neighborhoods around Jamaica Bay is becoming more frequent and widespread. The Science and Resilience Institute works with residents, researchers and agencies to build collective knowledge about the location, timing and impacts of current and future flooding.