In April 2016, the Newport Restoration Foundation convened Keeping History Above Water, in Newport Rhode Island. It was one of the first national conversations to focus on the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities and their built environments. Participants approached sea level rise from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to develop practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and general resilience.
Over four days, specialists from across the United States and abroad shared experiences, examined risks, and debated solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. For anyone concerned with preserving historic coastal communities, the conference offered an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field—preservationists, engineers, city planners, legislators, insurers, historic home owners and other decision makers—to participate in workshops on practical solutions, to tour threatened areas and structures in Newport and its environs, and to simply connect over this area of shared concern.