The Northeast Center for Coastal Resilience (NCCR) will serve as a regional knowledge hub to provide actionable coastal science, inform policy and local decision making, support sustainable blue economy development, and facilitate strategic regional collaborations.  NCCR is a multi-institutional collaboration with:

Additionally, there are formal and informal opportunities for organizations, agencies, businesses, and stakeholder groups to get involved. 


Our mission is to “advance actionable coastal science, inform policy and decision making, and support Blue Economy development” in coastal New England and beyond.

Why It Matters

There is an urgent need for regional collaboration to better understand the risks and impacts of climate change as well as the promising opportunities for the blue economy, adaptive planning, and coastal resilience.  Climate change impacts on the Northeast will be most acute at the coast. New England is experiencing faster rates of atmospheric warming, coastal waters warming, and sea-level rise, creating a compound effect.  Here in Massachusetts, communities are increasingly impacted by rising waters, flooding, extreme storms, and erosion. These rapidly changing natural systems are intimately connected to people and society, requiring a holistic, systems-based approach to research, planning, development, training, and engagement with sustainable practices to enhance co-production, adaptation, and resilience.


Working from a collaborative framework, team leadership includes a director, managing director, and an executive committee. 

NCCR Director

Rob DeConto, UMass Amherst, School of Earth & Sustainability,

Managing Director

Darci Connor Maresca, UMass School of Earth & Sustainability,

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the director, managing director, and leaders from across the partnering institutions and organizations. 

Kirk Bosma, Woods Hole Group,

Gavin Fay, UMass Dartmouth,

Elisabeth Hamin Infield, UMass Amherst,

Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Glouchester Marine Station,

Paul Kirshen, UMass Boston, Stone Living Lab,

Sheree Pagsuyoin, UMass Lowell,

Marta Vicarelli, UMass Amherst,

Karen Whelan-Berry, UMass Amherst,

Our Team

NCCR is a proud UMass system collaboration partnership.  Leveraging world-class scientists and scholars from across the Commonwealth’s public universities, the Center aims to be a catalyst, accelerating resilience, adaptation planning, and a just blue economy in New England. Each university brings collaborating units to NCCR, including:

Together, the NCCR’s research team includes over 60 faculty with expertise ranging from physical sciences to engineering, technology, socio-economic and behavioral sciences, and stakeholder engagement.  To explore our expertise and research strengths, check out our NCCR Faculty Directory for further details about faculty members and their research programs.  Serving as a hub, the NCCR team is also actively developing collaborative partnerships with municipalities, planning agencies, public agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and other local stakeholders. 

Regional Partners & Stakeholders

 Our NCCR team is actively seeking partnerships with leaders, communities, and stakeholders involved with adaptation, regional planning, climate resilience, management, and the blue economy.  Northeast Center for Coastal Resilience Partners will play an active and influential advisory role in the NCCR. In cooperation with Partners, NCCR aims to develop dynamic and mutually beneficial coastal resilience collaborations.