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Steve Miller:  Steve.Miller@wildlife.nh.gov
March 19, 2014

Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Hosts 2014 Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit

GREENLAND, N.H. -- The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will host the Third Annual Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit on April 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center 91 Depot Road in Greenland, N.H. The summit is an annual discussion and collaborative forum among scientists, agencies, municipal leaders, watershed organizations and citizens concerned about increased precipitation, sea level rise, and increased frequency and severity of coastal storms in New Hampshire. The theme of this year's session is Collaborating for Solutions: Choices Ahead.

The goals of the summit are to inform participants of current local climate change research and climate adaptation efforts; to identify needs and gaps in current climate knowledge and adaptation/mitigation efforts; and to foster and facilitate collaboration on current and future climate work.

To Register Online for the Climate Summit, visit https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=16295.

Every year, the summit focuses on recently completed climate adaptation research and municipal adaptation projects; this year’s theme of “Choice Ahead” will be the focus of the discussions. The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Robert J. Johnston, who is the Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute and a Professor in the Department of Economics at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He will speak on the economic tradeoffs in coastal adaptation.

The Summit is supported by the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) partners. NHCAW is an ad-hoc committee, with the purpose of bringing together coastal stakeholders with responsibility for organizational, municipal or state-level planning. The goal is to help coastal communities develop and implement a coastal adaptation strategy.

The NERRS Science Collaborative supports the summit through their work to get Reserve-based science to work for coastal communities coping with the impacts of land use change, pollution, and habitat degradation in the context of a changing climate. The program brings the intended users of science into the research process, so their perspective can inform problem definition, project implementation, and ultimately, the practical application of a project’s results to a particular problem. 

The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) a state and federal partnership between NHFG and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It is located just off Route 33 on at 89 Depot Road, Greenland, NH. 

For more information, contact Steve.Miller@wildlife.nh.gov.

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