Conservation in a Changing Climate
Northeast Region

Adapting to Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic

March 23-25
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, Maryland

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Wednesday, March 24

Pleanary Session 2

8:45 am View from State government and Non-governmental Organization (NGO) perspectives- Panel Talk

Objective: Representatives from non-governmental and state agencies will discuss the steps their organizations are taking to address climate change issues in order to meet their agency’s mission. Focus on adaptation.

-Virginia’s Climate Change Strategy for Wildlife, Chris Burkett, Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

-National Wildlife Federation Climate Adaptation Initiatives, Curtis Fisher, Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Northeast Regional Center

10:15 am Plenary Address: Human Choice and Climate Change - Richard H. Moss, Senior Scientist, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Maryland

Abstract: Human choices underlie both the sources of the climate change problem and the implementation of options to manage the risks it poses. As managers of protected areas, participants may often think of climate change in terms of adaptation for the natural environment. However, changing climate will have impacts for human communities as well, including public health, socioeconomic welfare, public safety, food production, access to clean water, recreational opportunities, and damage to infrastructure, among others. The presentation will provide an overview of factors that influence vulnerability to climate change and the capacity to mitigate forcing and adapt to impacts.

AM Concurrent Sessions: Adapting to Global Change-The Human Dimension

Concurrent Sessions AM 1

Adaptation: How government agencies are assessing impacts to cultural resources and a discussion of how climate change decisions are incorporated in the planning process, including the National Environmental Policy Act.

10:45 am Impacts of Climate Change on the Historic and Archeological Resources of the Chesapeake - Susan Langley, Maryland State Underwater Archeologist

11:15 am Incorporating Climate Change into the National Environmental Policy Act - Heidi West, Consultant

11:45 am Adaptation Planning for Gateway National Recreation Area and National Parks of NY Harbor - Helen Mahan, Senior Planner, NPS

Concurrent Sesions AM 2

Track 2: Adaptation: Human Communities – How state and municipal governments are planning for adaptation in regards to extreme storm events, public health implications and impacts to socioeconomic welfare of their communities.

10:45 am Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Practice in the State of Maryland – Zoë Johnson, Program Manager, Climate Change Policy, Office for a Sustainable Future, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

11:30 am Adaptation Options at the Municipal Level – Laura Grape, Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission

Concurrent Session AM 3

Adaptation: Communicating Climate Change – This session will explore approaches for engaging with the public, stakeholders, and decision-makers about the science of climate change and its impact to protected areas, and collaborating on adaptation planning initiatives.

10:45 am Understanding Audiences and the Value of Localized Information - Karen Akerlof , Research Team, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University

11:15 am Collaborating with Communities on Climate Decision- Making - Joe Cone, Assistant Director and Communications Leader, Oregon Sea Grant

11:45 am Getting to Your Neighbors, A Communication Case Study – Bill Crowell, Director, Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary

PM Concurrent Sessions: Adapting to Global Change – the Natural Environment

Concurrent Session PM 1: Forest & Vegetation

1:45 pm Adaptation and Mitigation Concepts for Forest Management - Maria Janowiak, Northern Institute of Applied Carbon Science

2:35 pm Climate Change and Invasive Weeds: Threats and Consequences -
Dr. Lew Ziska, USDA Agricultural Research Service

3:30 pm Strategies for Detecting and Managing Climate Change Impacts on Forest Health- Jim Steinman, Forest Health Monitoring Program Manager - USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area

4:00 pm Climate Change Response Framework for Landscape Management Challenges - Chris Swanston, USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station

Concurrent Session PM 2: Animals

1:45 pm Assisted Migration of Wildlife: A discussion - Dov Sax, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University

2:15 pm Endangered Species Program and Climate Change - Debby Crouse, Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2:45 pm Species at Risk in the Mid-Atlantic Region due to Climate Change -Rachel Muir, Regional Science Program Officer, USGS and Tom Smith, Virginia Natural Heritage Program

3:30 pm Impacts of Climate Change to Eastern Brook Trout and their habitat in the Mid Atlantic - Mark Hudy, USFS 4:00 pm Nature Serve: Tools for climate adaptation – Pat Comer, Chief Ecologist and Acting Vice President of Science, Nature Serve

Concurrent Session PM 3: Bio-physical Processes

1:45 pm Chesapeake Bay Executive Order and Adaptation Strategy – Peter Claggett, Research Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey

2:40 pm Framework for a U.S. Geological Survey State: Level Hydrologic Climate-Response Program - Bob Lent, Director, Maine Water Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey

3:30 pm Climate Change Impacts on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: Research with management applications, particularly by focusing on sentinel research sites as part of the NERRSwater quality System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) and SAV Biological Monitoring Program - Erin Shields, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

4:00 pm Accurately Assessing Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Habitats - Phillipe Hensel, National Geodetic Survey

Plenary Session 4

4:30 pm Plenary Session: Climate Adaptation and the National Climate Assessment - Kathy Jacobs, Assistant Director for Climate Assessment and Adaptation, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Objective: Introduce participants to the National Climate Assessment process and structure with specific reference to how it is intended to enable adaptation efforts and support decision-making.

8:00pm After Dinner Progra: The Disappearing Island Communities of the Chesapeake Bay and Sea Level Rise. An engaging talk on the story of the island communities of the Chesapeake Bay and their experience with climate impacts - Court Stevenson, Horn Point Laboratory, Maryland

Last updated: December 16, 2011