South Shore Lectures to Focus on Sea Level Rise

Sea Levels Photo illustration, New England Boating.
Photo illustration, New England Boating.

The Jones River Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Bays Program, and the North & South River Watershed Association are partnering to provide a workshop series on the impacts of climate change and sea level rise in the yards and nearby surroundings of local coastal citizens. Each lecture addresses a different perspective on these impacts.

Lectures will be held every other Thursday at The Jones River Landing in Kingston, Massachusetts, at 7:00 p.m. in January, February, and March.

For more information on the lecture series schedule check the Jones River Watershed Associatin’s website.

Lecture Schedule:

January 23: Juliet Simpson, MIT Sea Grant – Climate Change and Storm Preparedness

  • The serious impacts of storms like northeasters and hurricanes are compounded by climate change and sea level rise. This presentation will focus on preparing for such storms and how these preparations may change along with the climate.

February 13: Seth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Ecological Design (pending) – Ecological Restoration, Coastal Stabilization, and Invasive Species Management

  • Our shorelines are naturally protected by soft structures like dunes and salt marshes. Protecting and enhancing these structures can help reduce damage from storms and provide places for coastal features to migrate with sea level rise. This presentation will focus on adapting and enhancing landscaping to more effectively cope with sea level rise and climate change.
  • (Presentation topic still to be confirmed – check for updates)

February 27:  David Ray, Nantasket Survey Engineering – The Process and Benefits of Elevating Your Home

  • Many homeowners have been told to elevate their homes in the face of sea level rise, and a few have already done so in vulnerable coastal locations.  This presentation will focus on what homeowners need to know before deciding to elevate, how they decide how high to go, and the benefits of doing so. There will also be a brief video presented of an interview with a homeowner who has gone through the process.

March 13:  Marci Coke Ekberg – Vulnerability of Salt Marshes to Sea Level Rise

  • Many southern New England salt marshes seem to be showing initial signs of marsh response to the effects of rapid sea level rise and increased inundation due to anomalous tides. This presentation will discuss preliminary results of an effort to assess and quantify these impacts to salt marshes.

March 27:  Review and Discussion (a.k.a. “Now what?”)

  • This session will be a review of information from the previous lectures and will feature an open discussion about the next steps that coastal homeowners can undertake to adapt to sea level rise and climate change in and near to their own back (or front) yards.