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Dr. Adam Whelchel’s twenty-six year career in leadership positions has catalyzed partnerships with strategic direction while with government agencies, private firms, academic institutions, and non-profits in the United States, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Caribbean, and Africa. Adam Whelchel is an author, facilitator and dynamic communicator called upon to assist diverse groups from around the world with team building, strategic planning, and community resilience. Recently, Adam served as the key facilitator on the Puerto Rico Climate Adaptation Plan and as a Lead Author for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. In addition, Adam is the founder and architect of Community Resilience Building which has helped over 100 communities to date.

Recent publications and projects can be viewed and downloaded at Adam’s website.

 

 

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Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Land Use Planning
Policy
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Policy
Transportation / Infrastructure

Coastal Resilience: Visualizing Climate Change Impacts and Coastal Hazards and Implementing Solutions in Long Island Sound

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Summary: 

Long Island Sound, bordered by New York and Connecticut, is one of the most densely populated coastal areas in the world with an estimated eight million people within its coastal watersheds. Sea level rise, intense coastal storms, and flooding threaten residents and the built and natural environments of these coastal communities.

Adaptation Phase: 
Awareness
Summary: 

The Bridgeport Climate Preparedness Workshops: Summary of Findings report is the culmination of an engagement process focused on comprehensively reducing risk and improving resilience in the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut through a community-driven process.

Summary: 

The Town of Guilford, Connecticut released its Community Coastal Resilience Plan in May 2014.

Madison, Connecticut Hazards and Community Resilience Workshops

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Case Study
Adaptation Phase: 
Awareness
Summary: 

The Madison Hazards and Community Resilience Workshops: Summary of Findings report is the culmination of an engagement process focused on comprehensively reducing risk and improving resilience in the Town of Madison, Connecticut through a community-driven process.

Adaptation Phase: 
Assessment
Summary: 

The Salt Marsh Advancement Zone Assessment for Connecticut report is the culmination of a statewide study of each of the 24 coastal municipalities in Connecticut.

Sector Addressed: 
Climate Justice
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Economics
Education / Outreach
Energy
Forestry
Land Use Planning
Landscape Architecture
Policy
Public Health
Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
Tourism / Recreation
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Summary: 

In the fall of 2016, a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, and the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region convened a group of over fifty stakeholders from Southeastern Connecticut to discuss the impacts of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and changing social and economic conditions on the resilience of the region and its commun

Legal and Policy Options for Advancing Coastal Resilience in Southern Connecticut

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Landscape Architecture
Policy
Research
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Summary: 

The Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience in Southern Connecticut is a joint project managed collaboratively by the Southern Connecticut Regional Council of Governments, The Nature Conservancy, and the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments.

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