Conference: At What Point Managed Retreat?
DESCRIPTION: Organized by the Climate Adaptation Initiative at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, this conference addressed 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 brought together thought leaders on this topic to advance the science and policy dialogue.
OUTCOMES: Conference sessions can be found on the Earth Institute's Youtube channel.
Opening Keynote: At What Point Managed Retreat? Resiliency Building in the Coastal Zone
This keynote session on Thursday, June 20, 2019 opened the conference At What Point Managed Retreat? by introducing major themes and questions.
How the Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribe in Long Island, NY, transformed a desolate and barren stretch of shoreline to protect their land from erosion and sea-level rise
Hundreds of experts gathered on campus to discuss possibilities for protecting coastal communities and withdrawing when we can no longer safely inhabit our coastlines.