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MONDAY JUNE 16
 
  TIME SPEAKER
8:00amRegistration Opens+Continental Breakfast
  8:40 - 10:00amINTRODUCTION
  Welcome Remarks from MIT Maria Zuber
E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  Welcome Remarks from MIT Sea Grant Chrys Chryssostomidis
Director, MIT Sea Grant College Program
  Introductory Remarks Judy Pederson
Advisory Leader, MIT Sea Grant College Program
  Introductory Remarks Nancy L. Girard
Commissioner of the Environment Department, City of Boston
  9:30am Plenary Presentation Anthony Janetos
Director and Fredrick S. Pardee Professor of Earth and Environment, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future
10:00am BREAK
 

Projections and Scenarios, Hurricanes, Nor’easters and Inundation

The session has several noted speakers who will discuss predictions and scenarios based on the best available
science and the need to downscale global models to local communities.

  10:30am Climate Change in the Northeast US: Past, Present, and Future
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Cameron Wake
University of New Hampshire
  11:00am Improving Storm Surge Risk Communication
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Jamie Rhome
NOAA Center for Coastal Studies
  11:30am Storm Surge Risk Modeling and Coastal Engineering Adaptations in a Changing Climate
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Kirk Bosma
The Woods Hole Group
  12:00pm Special Session Introduction Judith Pederson
MIT Sea Grant College Program
  12:05pm The Unstructured-Grid Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM): A New Model to Forecast Coastal Inundation Driven by Regional-to-Local Scale Changes in Atmospheric and Ocean Forcing Due to Climate Change
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Changsheng Chen
UMASS Dartmouth
Robert Beardsley
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  12:10pm National Weather Service Resources for Response to Inland and Coastal High Water Events
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David Vallee
Northeast National Weather Service
Robert Thompson
Boston, MA National Weather Service
  12:15pm Assessing Ways to Protect Shorelines Against Flooding and Erosion by New High-Fidelity Numerical Models
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Stefano Brizzolara
MIT Sea Grant and MIT
  12:20pm New Mapping Tool and Techniques for Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
more info
Kelly Knee
Director of Coastal Hazard Assessment Services
Jamie Carter
NOAA Coastal Services Center
  12:25pm Bridging Science and Action: Using Interactive Scenario Tools with Decision Makers
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Travis Franck
MIT Sloan School of Management and Climate Interactive
12:30pm LUNCH
 

Special Session on Models and Tools

A special session will feature a number of scientists presenting their current climate change models, tools and approaches in smaller venues for interactive discussions. The information from this session focuses on the science of climate change.

  1:45 - 2:45pmCONCURRENT SEMINARS
  The Unstructured-Grid Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM): A New Model to Forecast Coastal Inundation Driven by Regional-to-Local Scale Changes in Atmospheric and Ocean Forcing Due to Climate Change
more info
Changsheng Chen
UMASS Dartmouth
Robert Beardsley
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
    National Weather Service Resources for Response to Inland and Coastal High Water Events
more info
David Vallee
Northeast National Weather Service
Robert Thompson
Boston, MA National Weather Service
    New Mapping Tool and Techniques for Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
more info
Kelly Knee
Director of Coastal Hazard Assessment Services
Jamie Carter
NOAA Coastal Services Center
    Assessing Ways to Protect Shorelines Against Flooding and Erosion by New High-Fidelity Numerical Models
more info
Stefano Brizzolara
MIT Sea Grant and MIT
    Bridging Science and Action: Using Interactive Scenario Tools with Decision Makers
more info
Travis Franck
MIT Sloan School of Management and Climate Interactive
2:45pm BREAK
 

Social Vulnerability, Responsibility and Justice

This session examines who will be affected, who is vulnerable, and who is responsible for ensuring public health and safety for all is a concern. While this symposium is focused on issues related to water and its impact form surges and floods, other climate related impacts such as heat and disease transmission are concerns for prolonged periods when the public has a lack of amenities.

  3:15pm Resilient Cities, Resilient Communities: Sustainability for People
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John Barros
Chief Economic Development, Boston, MA
  3:45pm Preparing for Climate Change in Cambridge, MA: Using Science and Community Engagement
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John Bolduc
Environmental Planner, Cambridge, MA
  4:05pm Climate Change and Economic Development in Chelsea
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John DePriest
Planner and Development, Chelsea, MA
  4:20pm One Community's Concerns: Sea Level Rise and Chelsea
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Leo Robinson
Councillor, Chelsea, MA
  4:35pm Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
TUESDAY JUNE 17
 
8:00amContinental Breakfast
 

Economic Implications of Climate Change

Extreme events affect those living along the coast, but these are prime areas for development. The costs associated with extreme events are staggering and impact us when our insurance rates go up or when we are personally impacted. What are the roles and responsibilities of government, builders, and managers in addressing costs associated with living in coastal areas are topics this session will address?

  9:00am Introduction to the National Flood Insurance Program
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Richard Zingarelli
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  9:15am Floodplains and People in a Climate Changing World
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Ivy Frances
FEMA Region I, Boston, MA (invited)
  9:30am Reducing Climate Change Risks and Costs
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Cynthia McHale
Ceres
  9:50am Crafting and Selling a "Whole Community" Approach to Ensuring a Safe and Resilient Future for our Nation
more info
Ed Thomas
Natural Hazard Mitigation Association
  10:10am Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
10:30am BREAK
 

The Role of Natural and Green Landscapes

The benefits of natural or green landscapes and other options to minimize impacts of climate change are receiving new attention. Landscape options at the local scale can be effective but the Netherlands, Louisiana and others are focusing on large scale solutions. This session examines both approaches.

  10:50am A Perfect Storm: The Collision of Tropical Cyclones, Climate Change and Coastal Population Growth
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Jeffrey Donnelly
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  11:20am Hybrid Edges: A Typology of Coastal Adaptation Strategies
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Kristina Hill
University of California Berkeley
  11:50am Pro-active Landscapes
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Kristian Koreman
ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles)
  12:20pm Progressive Plant-Focused Bioengineering Strategies to Promote Coastal Adaptation
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Seth Wilkinson
Wilkinson Ecological Design
  12:35pm Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
12:50pm LUNCH
 

Challenges with the Built Environment

The built environment responds to floods and storm surges differently than natural systems. This section explores the special issues facing an aging infrastructure, building in the floodplain and local options for mitigating impacts.

  1:30pm Challenges with the Built Environment
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Michael Benedetto
Skanska
  1:50pm Climate Adaptation Challenges for Boston's Water and Sewer Systems
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John Sullivan
Boston Water and Sewer
  2:10pm MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project-Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Options of the Central Artery
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Steven Miller
MA Department of Transportation
  2:30pm Resiliency - Building for the future
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Marie Jordan
National Grid
  2:50pm Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
3:05pm BREAK
 

Planning and Implementation

As cities cope with rising tides and storms, there is a need for comprehensive planning to address protection of infrastructure, revise building codes, re-examine current regulations, and manage wastes in the wake of storms. This session reviews what is being done to adapt to current and future scenarios for New York, Boston and Portsmouth.

  3:20pm Building A Stronger, More Resilient New York
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Daniel Zarrilli
Director of Resiliency NYC
  3:50pm How Boston is Planning for Climate Resiliency
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Kairos Shen
Boston Redevelopment Authority
  4:10pm Preparing Metro Boston's Water and Sewer Systems for Climate Change
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Frederick A. Laskey
Executive Director, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  4:40pm City of Portsmouth Coastal Resilience Initiative
more info
Peter Britz
Environmental Planner and Sustainability Coordinator, Portsmouth, NH
  5:10pm Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
6 - 8pmReception - Tang Center Atrium
WEDNESDAY JUNE 18
 
8:00amContinental Breakfast
 

Looking Forward to the Next Century: Adaptation and Mitigation

The need to reduce greenhouse gases will not reverse where we are currently, but reduction is essential to prevent even more extreme changes in weather and climate. This session will go beyond adaptation and explore options for reducing the human footprint.

  9:00am Technology Pathways to Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Our Energy System
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Robert Armstrong
Director, MIT Energy Initiative
  9:30am The Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act
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Aisling O'Shea
Global Warming Solutions Manager, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  9:50am On the Role of Public Health in Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Planning
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Patrick Kinney
Columbia University
  10:10am Metrics for Measuring Progress in Urban Resilience through a Resilience Report Card
more info
Joan Fitzgerald
Professor of Public and Urban Policy, Northeastern University
  10:30am Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
10:45am BREAK
 

Policies and Politics

The effectiveness of current regulations and policies often fail to address the long-term impacts related to changing environments. Multiple agencies have regulatory authority that often works against a united approach. As the recent discussions over CO2 emissions demonstrate, resolving issues is complicated. What political actions can realistically be taken?

  11:00am Building Resilience, Advancing Solutions: Policy Opportunities and Challenges
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Kenneth Kimmell
President, Union of Concerned Scientists
  11:30am Massachusetts Leads: Protecting the Environment and Greening Up the Bottom Line
more info
Marc Pacheco
Massachusetts Senate, Boston
  11:50am Meeting our Environmental Protection Goals in the Face of a Changing Climate: Building Resilience from the Ground Up
more info
Curt Spalding
EPA Region 1 Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  12:10pm Panel Discussion and Questions from the Audience
12:30pm LUNCH
 

A Call to Action

This session focuses on what society should be doing to move forward in our efforts to adapt and mitigate impacts of climate change. The challenges exist at the national, regional, and local levels, but often the ability and authority to address issues are lacking. The discussion will address what is needed to integrate a response that is forward thinking, and can be accepted by the public and special interests.

  1:30pm Do the Economic Costs of Inaction Motivate Adaptation Action in Coastal Cities?
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James Neumann
Industrial Economics
  2:00pm How Big Should My Village Be? Strategic Partnerships for Increased Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
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Margaret Davidson
Director, NOAA Office of Coastal Resource Management
  2:30pm Enhancing Resilience to Climate-Related Surprises in Coastal Cities
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Thomas Wilbanks
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  3:00pm Moderated Discussion
  3:20pm Closing Remarks and Next Steps