NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup

2022 NH Climate Summit

Wednesday, September 28, 1:00pm-4:30pm (virtual)
Thursday, September 29, 9:00am-12:00pm (virtual) and 1:30-4:30pm (in-person)

CAW’s tenth Climate Summit consisted of virtual presentations and networking opportunities on Wednesday, September 28 (1:00pm-4:30pm), and Thursday, September 29 (9:00am-12:00pm), followed by an in-person workshop on Thursday, September 29 (1:30pm-4:30pm). Below, find the agenda, resource packet, participant list, and recordings. Slides are compiled on the Climate Summits archive page.


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Session 1 (Virtual): September 28, 1:00pm-4:30pm

  • Welcome and Program Introduction, Nathalie DiGeronimo, CAW co-chair, NHDES Coastal Program
  • Keynote Address: Kristin Marcell, Director of the Climigration Network
  • Presentations: Recent Science and Research for NH
  • Break
  • Networking Breakout Groups
  • CAW Community Champion Award Presentation
  • Presentations: Community Engagement and Municipal Coordination Projects

Session 2 (Virtual): September 29, 9:00am-12:00pm

  • Welcome and Program Introduction, Abigail Lyon, CAW co-chair, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
  • Updates on the Federal Landscape – Thoughts and Contributions from our Federal Delegation
  • Presentations: Designing for Connectivity and Resilience
  • Networking Breakout Groups
  • Break
  • Presentations: Planning for Resilient Natural Resources and Communities

Session 3 (in-person): September 29, 1:30pm-4:30pm

at the HUGH GREGG COASTAL CONSERVATION CENTER, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 91 Depot Road, Greenland, NH

Workshop on Transformational Resilience, with Dr. Semra Aytur (UNH) and Tye Thompson (UNH Northeast Passage)
Transformational Resilience is a prevention-oriented approach for dealing with chronic stress (e.g., including stress generated by climate change). The workshop goals are to:

  • enable thinking and acting in healthy ways even in ongoing stressful conditions;
  • enable use of adversities as transformational catalysts to find meaning, direction, and hope in life; and
  • encourage remaining actively involved in constructive and collaborative climate change initiatives.

Refreshments and Networking

Anticipated participants:

  • Volunteer boards and staff in NH municipalities
  • Researchers and students
  • Technical assistance providers
  • State agency staff
  • Elected officials
  • Interested residents and community leaders
  • Natural resource professionals

Participants will: 

  • Learn about recent and emerging research related to climate impacts and community resilience  in New Hampshire
  • Learn about coastal NH community actions to understand and adapt to climate impacts, with an emphasis on transferrable examples, resources, and lessons learned
  • Be motivated to act on what they learned – e.g., share information or resources with a colleague, use a resource in their work, follow up with a new connection, etc.  
  • Have networking opportunities with others 



Registration is required in order to receive the zoom link for the virtual sessions, and to help us prepare for attendance for the in-person session. 

CAW is committed to ensuring the Climate Summit is accessible to every person who wants to attend. That’s why we are offering a sliding scale of registration fees. All tickets receive full access to the Climate Summit. Paying the full registration fee ($25) covers the cost of your participation, helps sustain CAW’s activities, and increases access to the Climate Summit for others. Individuals should consider the reduced ($15) or waived fee if, for example, they are an unpaid community advocate or organizer or are a student, unemployed, underemployed, are retired and have limited financial resources. If you have any questions about registration, please email Lynn Vaccaro at Lynn.E.Vaccaro@wildlife.nh.gov

For persons with disabilities requiring accommodations, please contact Lisa Wise at Lisa.Wise@unh.edu prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to make accommodations.

COVID-19 policy for in-person session:

The NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup Climate Summit planning team is following the latest CDC guidance for COVID-19. COVID-19 community levels are currently “low” in Rockingham County but community transmission remains “high” (as of mid-August 2022) and we will continue to track these levels and associated guidance. We are currently planning on being indoors for the in-person Climate Summit session on September 29th. In preparation for this session, we have developed the following recommendations in an effort to protect the health of all participants:

  • COVID-19 vaccination (including boosters) is strongly encouraged.
  • Mask wearing is welcome and encouraged in indoor spaces but not required.
  • A rapid test is strongly encouraged prior to joining the in-person event.
  • Please follow CDC guidance if exposed to COVID-19 within the 10 days leading up to the Summit in-person session (September 19-29). This includes wearing a well-fitting mask indoors.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 within the 10 days leading up to the Summit, please follow the CDC guidance for isolation. If you test positive for COVID-19 within the 5 days leading up to the Summit, please do not attend the in-person session.
  • Refunds of registration fees are not available but we will work with the speakers to make some content available afterwards for any registrants who are unable to attend. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lisa.Wise@unh.edu.

Many thanks to the 2022 Climate Summit planning team!

  • Abigail Lyon, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership
  • Cat Ashcraft, University of New Hampshire
  • Julia Peterson, NH Sea Grant | UNH Extension
  • Lisa Wise, NH Sea Grant | UNH Extension
  • Lucy Perkins, NHDES Coastal Program and NH Sea Grant
  • Lynn Vaccaro, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Kyle Pimental, Strafford Regional Planning Commission
  • Maddie DiIonno, Rockingham Planning Commission
  • Nathalie DiGeronimo, NHDES Coastal Program
  • Roger Stephenson, Union of Concerned Scientists