Adam helps people build equitable, just, and science-informed solutions that adapt to climate and societal change. Over the past two decades, he has worked collaboratively with diverse coastal communities across the U.S. as part of the city, state, and federal government agencies.
Previously, Adam served as the deputy director of climate science and services at the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency in New York City. He worked to integrate climate information into all aspects of city decision-making and led a comprehensive climate resiliency needs assessment with city agencies, infrastructure providers, and nongovernmental organizations across multiple sectors and communities. Adam also helped organize the fourth report for the New York City Panel on Climate Change, incorporating priorities from the needs assessment and focusing on community resiliency, adaptive capacity, and health.
Earlier in his career, Adam served as the founding executive director of the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, co-designing Cycles of Resilience, a community-driven process to advance climate action. He also directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, a network of 10 regional centers that expand the nation's capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate change. While at NOAA, he earned a Presidential GreenGov Award for supporting federal resiliency efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and an Administrator’s Award for supporting the third U.S. National Climate Assessment.
Adam co-edited two books with more than 50 scientists across the United States and has published numerous peer-review papers, technical reports, and nonfiction articles.
- “State of Climate Knowledge,” City of New York, 2021.
- “Rapid Research and Assessment on COVID-19 and Climate in New York City,” Journal of Extreme Events: Special Issue on COVID-19 as an Extreme Event, 2021.
- “Values, Bias, and Stressors Affect Intentions to Adapt to Coastal Flood Risk: A Case Study from New York City,” Weather, Climate, and Society, 2019.
- “Evolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise Projections,” Earth’s Future, 2018.
- “The Future of Jamaica Bay: Putting Resilience into Practice in Prospects for Resilience: Insights from New York City's Jamaica Bay,” Island Press, 2016.
- “Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation,” Wiley, 2016.