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Climate Adaptation Network Exchange brings Maine, N.H. residents together

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Written By: Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant science writer

The 4th annual Maine - N.H. Climate Adaptation Network Exchange was held at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine on Nov. 2, 2016. Maine’s network is called CCAP, Climate Change Adaptation Providers and NH’s is CAW, Coastal Adaptation Workgroup.

The exchange attracted 33 participants this year – about two-thirds from Maine and one-third from N.H. Staff from Maine Sea Grant and N.H. Sea Grant led the planning effort and hosted the event, which is an example of regional collaboration for Sea Grant's Resilient Communities and Economies focus area.

The objectives of this year’s gathering for participants were to:

  • Learn about climate adaptation projects going on in neighboring states, especially projects with some degree of maturity and transferability.
  • Meet and interact with colleagues working to advance climate adaptation in (our own) and a neighboring state.
  • Identify ways to improve how our networks function and survive.
  • Learn what Portland is doing (and not doing) regarding adaptation and sustainability and to visit a related site in the city.
  • Troubleshoot challenges and celebrate successes with climate adaptation implementation in northern New England.


Climate Change Adaptation

CCAP/CAW 4th Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Portland, Maine

10:00 – 10:10            Welcome and Introductions

State Initiatives

10:10—10:25            Nathan Robbins, Maine DEP

Maine Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Work Group

10:25—10:40            Nathalie Morison, N.H. DES Coastal Program

NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission

CCAP/CAW Project Initiatives (each talk 10 min, 5 min Q &A)

10:40—10:55            Portsmouth’s CRI and Historic Resources Vulnerability Assessment

Peter Britz, Environmental Planner, Portsmouth N.H.

10:55—11:10            Vulnerability Index Based on SOVI and the Built Environment

Eileen Johnson, Professor, Bowdoin College, Maine

11:10—11:25            Shoreline Inventory, Dune Restoration and Beach Profiling

Kirsten Howard, Resiliency Specialist, N.H. DES Coastal Program

11:25—11:40            Living Shorelines

Peter Slovinsky, Maine Geologic Survey

11:40—11:55            Roads, Bridges and Culverts Vulnerable to SLR and Storm Surge in Maine

Sam Merrill, GEI Consultants

11:55—12:10            Tides to Storms 2 Technical Assistance

Julie LaBranche, Senior Planner, Rockingham Planning Commission, N.H.

12:50 –1:20   Small group discussions (selected from a list of topics, or of interest to group)

1:20—1:40    City of Portland Bayside Case Study and other adaptation initiatives

Bill Needelman, City of Portland Waterfront Coordinator, Economic Dev Dept.

1:40—1:50     Q & A, discussion

1:50—2:05    Portland and the intersection of mitigation and adaptation

Troy Moon, City of Portland Sustainability Coordinator

2:05—2:15     Q & A, discussion

2:15—3:00     Site visits along the waterfront, Bill Needelman

For more information about this event, please contact Julia Peterson at or 603.862.6706.

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