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The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) is a collaboration of 19 organizations working to help communities in New Hampshire’s Seacoast area prepare for the effects of extreme weather events and other effects of long term climate change. NHCAW provides communities with resources, education, facilitation and guidance. Connect to NHCAW workshop materials, sign up for updates on the right of this page, and explore the website for the latest news.

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New Coastal New Hampshire Online Mapping Tool Improves Access to Information and Maps

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire’s GRANIT System and other project partners are excited to launch the New Hampshire Coastal Viewer, an online mapping tool that gives anyone with an Internet connection the ability to access more than 150 spatial data sets and to make [...]

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Dover Contemplates How to Prepare for Climate Change

Members of the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup have been collaborating with residents of the City of Dover to better understand the risks the community faces from climate change and identify opportunities to make the community more resilient. Dover’s Preparing for Climate Change Steering Committee presented to the Dover City Council in early March. An [...]

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Report offers perspectives on climate adaptation from coastal community “champions”

By Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant Science Writer Leaders who are helping their coastal communities adapt to sea level rise, increases in heavy precipitation and flooding need additional technical, human and financial assistance to do so, according to a new report, Sustaining Champions of Climate Adaptation in Coastal Communities: A Northern New England Study. UNH [...]

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Workshop: Is your business ready for a natural disaster?

Join us at the Business Bottom Line and Blockbuster Weather Workshop to understand the bottom-line impact of disruptive storms to seacoast businesses and begin making a plan that fits your place of work. What: A workshop to learn current approaches to protect property and essential services during severe weather events on the New Hampshire Seacoast. When: Thursday, March [...]

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Tonight’s Portsmouth Science Cafe: Encroaching Tides

What is it? The University of New Hampshire, NH EPSCoR, and the Portsmouth Brewery present this month’s Science Cafe: How sea-level rise and tidal flooding threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the next 30 years. The Union of Concerned Scientists recently published a report that highlights Portsmouth, among other coastal communities, and the [...]

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Managing the N.H. Shoreline

By Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant Science Writer Sea walls, sand dunes, beach nourishment, living shorelines, coastal retreat — the list of methods communities can employ to deal with sea level rise and storm surge is growing by the year. There are no easy solutions, but the success of any strategy or combination of strategies [...]

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