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Rising Tides: Preparing for the Future

September 24, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 7:00 pm, repeating indefinitely

Like many coastal communities, Woods Hole, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, faces an uncertain future. Rising sea level and the potential for increased frequency and intensity of storms present significant long-term threats. Woods Hole is home to world-leading marine science institutions performing critical research from facilities that enable access to the sea and yet, ironically, are vulnerable to the same climate change impacts that are the subject of study.

Join us Thursday, September 24, 2020
for a free two-part symposium

Learn how the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center are preparing their ocean-front facilities for these changes, and how community leaders and government officials from the federal, state, and local levels envision our shared future.

Session 1: Resiliency Through Policy

3:30pm-5:00pm EDT

What are the key challenges facing leaders at the federal, state, regional, and local level and how can resources best be put to use to address the multi-faceted challenges associated with climate change on Cape Cod? Hear from representatives at each level and their vision for leadership on this important issue.


Congressman Bill Keating, Massachusetts’s 9th congressional district

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Emiley Lockhart, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


  • Megan English Braga, Chair, Falmouth Select Board
  • Senator Susan Moran, Massachusetts State Senate
  • Dr. Rob Thieler, Center Director, USGS
  • Kristy Senatori, Executive Director, Cape Cod Commission

Session 2: A Science Community Prepares

7pm-8:15pm EDT

Woods Hole is home to world-class scientific research organizations that study a wide range of topics related to climate change and climate resiliency, as well as a thriving business community. Hear how WHOI, MBL, NEFSC, and local businesses are preparing for a future of climate change impacts.


Research Findings on Climate Resiliency in Woods Hole, MA
Kirk Bosma, Sr. Coastal Engineer & Innovation Director, Woods Hole Group

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Leslie-Ann McGee, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


  • Paul Speer, Chief Operating Officer, Marine Biological Laboratory
  • Nicole Cabana, Deputy Director, NOAA/Fisheries
  • Rob Munier, Vice President of Marine Operations, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Beth Colt, Woods Hole Business Association

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The climate resiliency study and symposium were funded by the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council.


September 24, 2020
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm