After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Islands Coastal Conference series resumed with a meeting on October 24th on Martha’s Vineyard. Held in a new venue – the Martha's Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven – the day’s presentations featured project updates from scientists, coastal managers and others involved in coastal resilience related projects on the island as well as on Cape Cod.
The meeting kicked off with a keynote address from Dr. Heather Goldstone, the communications director at Woodwell Climate Research Center, that focused on the need to prepare for more severe impacts from climate change and to be more ambitious in mitigation – especially by placing more value in protecting, managing and restoring natural climate solutions.
All the presenters’s slides are available on the Islands Conference website.
The conference was hosted by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, The Trustees, Barnstable County, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and Woods Hole Sea Grant.
Next year, the conference travels to Nantucket. Stayed tuned for more details.