A sunset over the water, a flock of birds fly in front of the sun.

2024 CAW Climate Summit

Thursday, July 18, 2024 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

Strawbery Banke Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, NH)

Many thanks to all speakers, artists, and participants who joined us for the 2024 NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) Climate Summit at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, NH. This biennial event featured stories, interactive presentations, and art about local climate impacts and how communities are adapting to those changes in the region and beyond. We were excited to return to an in-person event for this year’s Climate Summit;  recordings of the presentations will be available here soon.  

2024 CAW Climate Summit Materials & Presentations



    Two hands reaching out to each other over waves. Text: Black Heritage Trail New Hampshire

    Special Event: Black Heritage Trail NH Sankofa Guided Walking Tour

    Wednesday, July 17, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Join CAW for a special Climate Summit event with the Black Heritage Trail NH. We will meet for a Bring-Your-Own-Lunch, take a private 90-minute Sankofa Guided Walking Tour, and then participate in a 90-minute debrief at the Player’s Ring Theatre. The guided walking tour will begin from 222 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH. More information will be shared with registrants prior to the event. Registration is required and space is limited. There is an additional $20 fee for this group tour.


    The image is a registration table that explains the different registration types, costs, and what is covered. The full fee is $50 and covers the cost of lunch, refreshments, supplies, and contributes to keynote speaker/guest speaker costs. The reduced fee is $25 and covers the cost of lunch and refreshments. The waived fee is $0 and is for anyone for whom paying a registration fee limits their access to the CAW Climate Summit. The Sankofa Guided Walking Tour is $20 and covers the cost to participate in the group with with Black Heritage Trail NH.


    It is our goal that the CAW Climate Summit is accessible to all who want to attend and to support attendees to engage as fully as possible. The Climate Summit venue is ADA compliant. Individuals who require specific accommodation should indicate their needs when completing the registration form.  You may also reach out to Abigail Lyon (abigail.lyon@unh.edu) with specific questions about accessibility and accommodation. Information regarding disabilities and accommodations will be used for planning purposes only and will remain confidential. 


    For those needing to cancel their registration, email Abigail Lyon (abigail.lyon@unh.edu) before the cancellation deadline on July 11, 2024, at 5:00 PM. We will not be able to offer refunds after July 11. CAW will keep and manage a waitlist if spots become open.


    The 2024 CAW Climate Summit will be indoors, and we request everyone take steps to protect public health. Vaccinations and a rapid test are encouraged prior to participating. Mask wearing is welcome and encouraged but not required. There are outdoor spaces available for lunch. If you are not feeling well that day, please stay home. Please review the most recent CDC guidance.


    If you have any questions about registration, accessibility, or Climate Summit events, please contact Abigail Lyon (abigail.lyon@unh.edu) or 603-862-3729

    Thank you to our SponsorS!

    And thank you to the Strawbery Banke Museum and The Player’s Ring Theatre for generously donating their spaces for use during the 2024 CAW Climate Summit.

    About the CAW Climate Summit

    Who will attend:

    • Students and researchers
    • Technical assistance providers
    • Volunteer boards and municipal staff in New Hampshire
    • State agency staff
    • Elected officials
    • Public Health providers
    • Community-based organizations and partners
    • Natural resource professionals
    • Interested residents and community leaders

    Participants will: 

    • Build knowledge of climate impacts, climate vulnerabilities, and resilience assets in inland and coastal watershed communities
    • Feel motivated to act using information, resources, and learned practices shared during the Climate Summit
    • Build new and strengthen existing connections with people working for a more resilient and equitable New Hampshire coastal watershed