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Climate Adaptation Forum

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Coastal city that has been flooded.
Event Start Date: January 12, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
Event End Date: January 12, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: University of Massachusetts Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108


January 12, 2018 – Risk Management Choices: Adaptation Strategies by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Insurance Industry

UMass Club, One Beacon Street, Boston MA

8 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Models of future climate change drive international and local efforts to adapt to increased temperatures, precipitation and drought, and sea level rise. Using the models for making practical decisions, however, requires planners to make risk management decisions that balance risk reduction goals with practicability.

At this Forum attendees will hear from the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, two University of Massachusetts Professors, and from the Director of a major insurer’s research center about how they think about making the necessary risk management decisions as they advise and implement resiliency and adaptation measures in the public and private sectors. Visit the Forum Web page here.


Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 
Includes continental breakfast. 

Forum: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Includes networking break.

Welcome: David W. Cash, Dean, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Program Introduction and Overview: Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, EBCNE

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Report from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Matthew Beaton, Secretary
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change
Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Resilience in Massachusetts Emergency Management

Sarah J. White, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Moving from Science to Action: UMass’ role in MA Climate Adaptation Efforts

Richard Palmer, PhD, University Director
Northeast Climate Science Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Modeling the Vulnerability of Transportation Infrastructure to Coastal Flooding Along the Massachusetts Coastline: The good, the bad, and the wicked difficult

Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology
School for the Environment
University of Massachusetts Boston

Natural Hazards Resiliency – An Insurer’s Perspective

Brion Callori, Senior Vice President
Engineering and Research
FM Global

Panel Discussion


Ralph A. Child, Member
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.