Organized by the Climate Adaptation Initiative at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, this conference will address a range of issues facing coastal communities in the United States and around the world as sea levels rise and coastal flooding becomes more frequent and intense.
The science around retreat is still ill-defined, and policy discussions remain contentious. This conference will bring together thought leaders on this topic to advance the science and policy dialogue. Specifically, the conference is intended to be of interest to academics, planners, practitioners, and industry representatives from sectors such as real estate and insurance.
While the primary focus is expected to be on coastal issues, we anticipate additional talks/sessions focused on additional hazards facing diverse regions, such as drought/fire, heat stress, and inland flooding.
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The conference will begin on the evening of June 19, followed by two days of plenary and concurrent sessions, June 20-21, 2019. The conference website will be updated as program details are confirmed.