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Nantucket Coastal Conference

Nantucket Atheneum
1 India St.
Nantucket, Mass.

June 12, 2023

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9:30 am - 9:45 am - Welcome and Kickoff

Brief introductions and welcome to the Nantucket Atheneum. Coffee, tea, and pastries served. Water refill stations available.

9:45 am - 10:30 am | Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sarah Das, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Sea Level Rise from Global to Local: The Decisive Decade for Coastal Communities

10:30 am - 11:45 am | Topic 1: Around the Cape and Islands

- Floodplain Bylaws Updates: Minimum Requirements and Higher Standards; Shannon Hulst, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and WHOI Sea Grant
- From One "Island" to the Next: Sharing Coastal Challenges and Opportunities from Rhode Island's Communities; Thaïs Fournier, Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant
- Shore Protection Strategies for Crescent Beach and Stage Harbor, Chatham, MA; John Ramsey, Sustainable Coastal Solutions, Inc
- Design In and with Dynamic Environments; Christopher Reed, STOSS Landscape Urbanism


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Topic 2: Science on Nantucket

- Where We are 1.5 years After the Adoption of Nantucket's Coastal Resilience Plan; Leah Hill, Town of Nantucket Natural Resources Department
- Nature-Based Solutions in Concept and Practice; Rachael Freeman, Nantucket Land Bank
- Coskata-Coatue: A Refuge at Risk from Rising Seas; Cynthia Dittbrenner, The Trustees
- ACKlimate & Coastal Resilience Education on Nantucket; Joanna Roche, ACKlimate

1:00pm - 2:00pm | Lunch and Poster Viewing

Lunch will be provided. Posters available for viewing.

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Topic 3: Nature-based Solutions

- Coastal Resilience Pilot Project: Oyster Castle® Reef, Salt Marsh Health and Sea Level Rise; Jen Karberg, Nantucket Conservation Foundation
- Nature Based Solutions - Opportunities and Challenges for Shellfish Restoration and Living Shorelines; Steve Kirk, The Nature Conservancy
- Integrated Assessment of Shoreline Protection Options; Dr. Di Jin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


3:15pm - 4:30pm | Topic 4: Climate Action Planning

- 2023 State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan: The First 5-year Update of the SHMCAP; Margot Mansfield, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Office of Coastal Zone Management
- The Vineyard Climate Action Plan - Development and Implementation; Liz Durkee, Martha's Vineyard Commission
- Developing a Nantucket Climate Action Plan; Vincent Murphy, Town of Nantucket Natural Resources Department

4:30pm - 4:45pm | Wrap-up and Adjourn

Thank you for attending! For any follow-up questions, please contact:
- Leah Hill, Town of Nantucket Natural Resources Department:
- Shelly McComb, WHOI Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension:

Frequently Asked Questions

Location Map


Shelly McComb, WHOI Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

Leah Hill, Town of Nantucket


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Poster session

An optional poster session will be held during lunch. Please indicate on your registration if you are interested in presenting a poster on one of the following topics:

  • Around the Cape and Islands
  • Coastal Resilience on Nantucket
  • Nature-Based Solutions
  • Climate Action Planning

Sponsoring Organizations

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