Meet CAW

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) is a collaboration of 24 organizations working to ensure coastal watershed communities are resourceful, ready and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and long term climate change. Get in touch!

NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup

Partner Profile

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Vidya Balasubramanyam

NOAA-funded Coastal Management Fellow

Vidya is a NOAA-funded Coastal Management Fellow working in the NH coastal watershed. She helps with digital content development for CAW by participating in CAW’s Social Media Team. Of late, she’s made it her Friday morning routine to grab a cup of tea and hunt down photos of historic flooding to share as part of CAW’s outreach efforts on flood resilience. She enjoys the uniquely creative mindset that CAW employs to strategically connect the right audiences to the right resources at the right time.

In her role as a Coastal Management Fellow, Vidya leads the NH Smart Shorelines project to advance resilient shoreline management in NH. Donning her technical hat, she is working on a GIS site suitability model that will inform the siting and feasibility of living shoreline projects. Fancy as this sounds, it really is just a series of traffic light colored dots scattered over a map of NH’s coastline.

Vidya grew up in Bangalore, India where she got her BSc. in Environmental Science, Chemistry and Botany. She then moved to the US where she got her MS in Natural Resources from the University of Missouri. Through her fellowship position and beyond, Vidya intends to develop and deploy the continuously evolving science of natural and nature based features for the benefit of coastlines and people. Outside of work, Vidya enjoys spending time with animals, participating in grassroots social justice movements, and making progress on her themed Goodreads Reading Challenges (if you’re looking for inspiration, she is currently at 70% towards this year’s goal).

On Twitter

In the wake of flash floods and extreme storm surges, some communities like Ellicott City, MD and Hampton, VA are planning to make way for Mother Nature
https://t.co/xbqRDBnQgs
#TipTuesday #AdaptationInspiration #ManagedRetreat

TGI #FactFriday - Our region is experiencing changing precipitation and more extreme storm events, putting a strain on already vulnerable indicator species like salt marshes, eelgrass, seaweed, and more. Learn the latest from @PREPCommunity's #SOOE2018 https://t.co/cZyewxahIz

Our Partners

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program
New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game
University of New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
New Hampshire Sea Grant
Natural Resources Outreach Coalition
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Rockingham Planning Commission
City of Portsmouth
Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
Town of Hampton
City of Dover
Town of Seabrook
Collins Engineers
Climate Solutions
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Nature Conservancy
Antioch University of New England
Horsley Witten
CIRC
CIRC
Geosyntec Consultants
New Hampshire GRANIT
CIRC
Watersone Engineering
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration