The Project

Introductory video for the the residents of Wells, Maine.

Project Overview


With a grant from the NERRS Science Collaborative, the New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP) collaborated with four at-risk coastal New England communities – Barnstable, MA, Cranston, RI, Dover, NH, and Wells, ME – to assess local climate change risks, identify key challenges and opportunities for adaptation, and test the use of role-play simulations as a means to educate the public about climate change threats and to help communities explore ways of decreasing their vulnerability and enhancing their resilience to climate change impacts.  Learn more by viewing the full proposal and project timeline.

The project was driven by the following research questions:

Our research findings and lessons learned from the project will be published in spring 2015 in a book titled Better Safe than Sorry: Helping Coastal Communities Anticipate and Manage Climate Change Risks (Anthem Press). We hope that communities in New England and elsewhere will be able to build on what we have learned as they prepare for climate change.

Project Partners