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Special Update from the Science Collaborative

Season's greetings from the NERRS Science Collaborative! We wish you a relaxing holiday season and look forward to working with you in the coming year. As we wind down 2019, we are pleased to share some highlights of what we’ve accomplished together and provide a preview of our January webinar.

2019 In Review

Thanks for your interest in and engagement with the Science Collaborative program. We’ve been busy wrapping up projects and helping to tell their stories - it’s been a busy year! Some numbers we’re especially proud of:

11 109% 3,024 277
Webinars Increase in Webinar Attendance in 2019 over 2018 Downloads from Resource Library Items Added to Resource Library
Don't miss these popular resources that were added to our library in 2019:

Upcoming Webinar — Engaging Communities in Role-Playing Simulations to Advance Climate Planning

Coastal communities face tough decisions about how to manage flooding risks associated with rising seas and extreme rain events. Two project teams have developed an innovative planning tool that allows community leaders and residents to make sense of local climate projections and experiment with collaborative decision making in a safe environment.

The New England Climate Adaptation Project tested the use of role-play simulations, or “games,” to engage community members in climate adaptation planning. In a structured workshop setting, participants receive background information describing a fictional place - typically with a striking resemblance to their own - and must assume a fictional role in which they work collaboratively to prioritize actions that help the community manage climate risks. Following the framework developed in New England, the Georgetown Climate Adaptation Project produced a customized set of local climate projections and role playing materials for the coastal southeast. In this webinar, presenters will discuss lessons learned from planning and leading simulation workshops in two different coastal regions.

Registration Details

  • When: 3:30-4:30 PM ET, Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Speakers:
ACox MSnyder
Annie Cox
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
Wells Reserve, ME
Maeve Snyder
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, SC
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About the Collaborative Science for Estuaries Webinar Series

Join us for monthly webinars featuring project teams supported by the NERRS Science Collaborative and program staff. Speakers will share their unique approaches to addressing current coastal and estuarine management issues. Learn about new methods to integrate technical experts and users of project outputs into the research process, and how their research results and products might inform your work.


The Science Collaborative’s mission is to support collaborative research that addresses coastal management issues important to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and that strengthens the reserve system’s ability to impact coastal management and decision making. We achieve our mission through competitive funding opportunities as well as other program elements that support the reserves, potential applicants and project teams.

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