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At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone

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In Person
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019
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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. The conference will be of interest to academics, planners, practitioners, and industry representatives from sectors such as real estate and insurance.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Buyouts
  • Communication
  • Community resilience
  • Decision-making on retreat
  • Environmental justice
  • Exposure
  • Financial instruments
  • Government planning
  • Hazard, risk and vulnerability
  • Legal aspects
  • Migration as adaptation
  • Non-coastal retreat issues
  • Public engagement
  • Real estate


The conference will open with an evening panel on June 19, followed by two days of plenary and concurrent sessions. Click here for a draft schedule.


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