Posters at the workshop. Credit: USFWS
Posters at the workshop. Credit: USFWS

Conferece attendant asking a question. Credit: National Wildlife Federation
Conferece attendant asking a question. Credit: National Wildlife Federation

Chesapeake Bay. Credit: USFWS
Chesapeake Bay. Credit: USFWS

Adapting to Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic

Representatives from federal and state natural resource agencies, academic institutions and conservation organizations participated in the Adapting to Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic Conference in Cambridge, Md., in late March 2010. The workshop provided the opportunity for scientists and policy makers to come to a common understanding about climate change issues in the region and to discuss ways to address them.

Marvin Moriarty, Northeast Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was impressed by the “energy and enthusiasm” he experienced at the workshop. “New connections are being made among people and organizations…I look forward to great results as we work together to address the issue of climate change.”

Keynote speakers included several senior government officials including Kit Batten, Ph.D., Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, and the directors of the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service. Notably absent was Sam Hamilton, late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who was a staunch supporter of landscape conservation cooperatives before his untimely death in February.

Plenary and session speakers focused on specific issues affecting maritime and terrestrial resources, human dimensions in managing for climate change, adaptive management strategies, and other related topics.

A similar conference was held in June 2008 focusing on climate change issues in New England.

Click here to view attendees speak about the benefits of the Adapting to Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic conference - FLV version (4:28 - 58MB)

Northeast Regional Director Marvin Moriarty speaking at the workshop. Credit: National Wildlife Federation
Northeast Regional Director Marvin Moriarty speaking at the workshop. Credit: National Wildlife Federation

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