Introductory video for the the residents of Wells, Maine.
With a grant from the NERRS Science Collaborative, the New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP) collaborated with four at-risk coastal New England communities – Barnstable, MA, Cranston, RI, Dover, NH, and Wells, ME – to assess local climate change risks, identify key challenges and opportunities for adaptation, and test the use of role-play simulations as a means to educate the public about climate change threats and to help communities explore ways of decreasing their vulnerability and enhancing their resilience to climate change impacts. Learn more by viewing the full proposal and project timeline.
The project was driven by the following research questions:
- What are the climate change risks facing coastal communities?
- What can these communities do to manage or adapt to these risks?
- What will it take to build informed agreements in each community about the appropriate steps to take?
- How can “playing of tailored role play games” build a shared sense of the collective risk management steps that should be taken?
Our research findings and lessons learned from the project will be published in spring 2015 in a book titled Better Safe than Sorry: Helping Coastal Communities Anticipate and Manage Climate Change Risks (Anthem Press). We hope that communities in New England and elsewhere will be able to build on what we have learned as they prepare for climate change.
- Consensus Building Institute
- MIT Science Impact Collaborative
- National Estuarine Research Reserve System