“Nantucket: A Front Row Seat for Climate Change Impacts” with Rich Delaney, CEO Center for Coastal Studies

The waters of the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean have the dubious distinction of have the fastest warming ocean surface water temperatures in the world!   This affords us a “front row seat” for understanding and then adapting to very significant coastal and ocean impacts due to climate change.

These impacts includes shifting habitats for fish and other species, sea level rise and more intense coastal storms and flooding, potential modification of ocean currents and much more.  Understanding what’s ahead will enable coastal communities to better prepare for the inevitable impacts and to begin to take actions that are necessary to adapt to the new reality.

Richard Delaney, President of the Center for Coastal Studies, will share his experience with and continuing importance of the Paris Climate Agreement on the international level as well as actions that are already underway at the local level on Cape Cod and Nantucket.


Richard Delaney, President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies, has endeavored to put oceans on the international agenda for over 30 years.

He was founding Director of the Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts, served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, and was National Chair of the Coastal States Organization in Washington, D.C., representing the Governors of 35 coastal states, Great Lake states and U.S. territories on legislative and budgetary matters before Congress.

He is also co-founder of the Global Ocean Forum, an international, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good governance of the ocean, sustainable development for coastal and island peoples around the globe, and healthy marine ecosystems.

 Media Sponsorship generously provided by Novation Media 


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