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:
- UMass Amherst
- UMass Boston
- UMass Dartmouth
- UMass Lowell
- Woods Hole Group
- Essex County Community Foundation
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.
Rob DeConto, UMass Amherst, School of Earth & Sustainability, firstname.lastname@example.org
Darci Connor Maresca, UMass School of Earth & Sustainability, email@example.com
The Executive Committee is comprised of the director, managing director, and leaders from across the partnering institutions and organizations.
Kirk Bosma, Woods Hole Group, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gavin Fay, UMass Dartmouth, email@example.com
Elisabeth Hamin Infield, UMass Amherst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Glouchester Marine Station, email@example.com
Paul Kirshen, UMass Boston, Stone Living Lab, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheree Pagsuyoin, UMass Lowell, email@example.com
Marta Vicarelli, UMass Amherst, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Whelan-Berry, UMass Amherst, email@example.com
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:
- UMass Amherst: School of Earth & Sustainability, Gloucester Marine Station, and Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
- UMass Boston: School for the Environment, Stone Living Lab, and Nantucket Field Station
- UMass Dartmouth: School for Marine Science & Technology
- Mass Lowell: Rist Institute for Sustainability & Energy
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.