Fostering Social Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Who Anyone interested in coastal management, climate adaptation, and social resilience  issues in New England.
When Thursday, March 24, 2022, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where On Zoom
Registration Complete this registration form to receive the zoom link and other meeting materials via email.
Contact Questions? Email Lynn Vaccaro, 


For the last decade, coastal practitioners have gathered in Charleston, South Carolina at the Social Coast Forum to highlight the importance of social sciences in coastal management. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has changed plans for the Forum in 2022; instead of an in-person event in Charleston, the Forum will happen through locally-hosted gatherings like this one.

This virtual gathering will include live presentations and a chance to talk with other professionals in small groups about the connections between social resilience and climate adaptation, and what this means for our work in New England.

Live presentations:

  • Making Space for Socially Just Climate Adaptation. Catherine Ashcraft, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire. See: Catherine’s lab group and recent paper
  • Collaboration to Increase Social Resilience in Midcoast Maine.  Kristen Grant, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant, and her collaborators. See: Kristen’s bio and project webpage

Why join:

  • Learn about a framework for tackling equity and justice concerns in climate adaptation efforts
  • Dig into a collaborative project that found creative ways to promote social resilience in coastal communities
  • Compare notes with other professionals about current challenges and promising strategies
  • Gain exclusive access to pre-recorded Social Coast Forum presentations related to the themes of climate adaptation, coastal resilience, and social equity

In coordination with NOAA and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, the Wells (Maine), Great Bay (New Hampshire), Waquoit Bay (Massachusetts) and Narragansett Bay (Rhode Island) National Estuarine Research Reserves are hosting this local gathering for our New England partners.