Schedule, panels, topics, and presentations abstracts

We are currently reviewing session proposals. Check back here soon for complete information on our conference program.

Annapolis will host more than 240 conference participants for this international conference addressing rising waters, hazard mitigation planning and adaptation strategies in coastal communities worldwide. With Annapolis as host and the States of Maryland and Virginia as key sponsors, a special emphasis will be on flooding impacts in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Topics to include:

  • When Natural and Cultural Resources Connect – Address how natural resources integrated within a cultural or historical context can serve as an adaption alternative to protect communities against rising waters.
  • Beyond Engineering – Examining adaptable, engineered solutions to rising waters along with
    non-structural adaptation strategies; Consideration of the impact of adaptation on living cultures and intangible cultural heritage.
  • Policy & Politics – Explore lawmaking and legal implications for communities exposed to flooding and engaged in coastal resiliency.
  • Economics of Rising Waters: Threats and Opportunities – Identify how local economies are impacted by flooding hazards, how economic development plans address these impacts and/or what new business opportunities are created through community resiliency initiatives.
  • Rising Waters Impacts on National Security – Share how defense communities are planning for long-term adaptation to flooding and sea level rise.
  • Educating & Empowering the Public – Discuss community-level communication strategies (interpretive, artistic, digital, technological and social) for increasing public awareness regarding the impacts of rising waters.
  • Considering Codes – Review examples of how zoning and building code regulations for floodplain management can either conflict with or cooperate with local, state or federal historic preservation regulations.
  • Messaging & Media – Communicate the key role media plays in disseminating the science of sea level rise as well as the stories of individual and community resiliency efforts.