Preparing New England for Climate Change: From National Policy to Local Action

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Symposium will advocate the start of local-scale stormwater management system adaptation.

Record March, 2010 flooding in New England

A symposium on preparing New England for climate change impacts will be held on Thursday, May 13th, in New London, New Hampshire. The keynote address will be given by Joel B. Smith, international authority on climate change adaptation and Lead Author of the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Mr. Smith, of Stratus Consulting, Inc, will assess the status of national and international adaptation programs, and the role of state and local action. Additional presentations will review two recent and ongoing projects to adapt watersheds in New Hampshire, and a discussion period will follow. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Extreme February and March storms in New England continue an unusual and persistent change from historical patterns. In addition, numerous studies demonstrate that climate change is already occurring in the region. To prevent further loss of life and damage, civil infrastructures must be adapted, for which the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report called for decision-support information that manages uncertainty in climate change projections. The evening's program will present a local-scale process that manages uncertainty so that communities can adapt stormwater management systems, and will place this in the context of the national adaptation program.

The symposium is organized by Syntectic International LLC, Antioch University New England, and the Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA). Funding is provided by a grant from the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), through the Sectoral Applications Research Program.

Date/time: Thursday, May 13th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Clements Hall, Curtis Ivey Science Center, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
For more information contact the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, at 603-763-2210, or visit:

About Syntectic International, LLC
Syntectic International LLC is a group of professionals committed to helping communities adapt to climate change. The company provides reliable, quantified information to support prudent climate change adaptation decisions. Syntectic International LLC is a United States-based source for work already being performed in many countries. For more information visit:

About Antioch University New England
This is Antioch University New England's forty-fifth year as an institution of higher education. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, ANE offers rigorous, practice-oriented, values-based master's, doctoral, and certificate programs to more than one thousand students. Degrees in education, leadership and management, environmental studies, and psychology reflect a dedication to activism, social justice, community service, and sustainability. Antioch New England is the oldest and largest of Antioch University’s graduate campuses. For more information visit:

About the Lake Sunapee Protective Association
Lake Sunapee Protective Association (LSPA), founded in 1898, is a member-supported non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the special environment of the Lake Sunapee region. LSPA works year-round to maintain the quality of Lake Sunapee and its watershed. We actively engage in scientific research, water quality sampling for laboratory analysis of water quality factors, prevention and control of invasive aquatic species, and education programs. For more information visit:


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