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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

2021 Northeast Regional Climate Adaptation Science Symposium

October 26th & 27th, 2021 | Online Via Zoom

Thank you for registering for the 2021 Northeast Regional Climate Adaptation Science Symposium! Please find complete information about the symposium below.

To access all symposium sessions as quickly as possible, use the links found under the
"Session Quick Links" heading. Session names, times and links are provided there.

If you are looking for a more complete symposium overview--including session descriptions and speakers in addition to session links--please consult the
"Detailed Agenda" in the section below the quick links.  

Finally, to view the entire roster of symposium speakers, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. Photos of all event speakers and moderators are available there along with links to their profiles. 


Session Quick Links

Detailed Agenda & Session Links

Day 1 | October 26th


Day 2 | October 27th


Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address by Dr. Kelsey Leonard
October 27th, 9:30 AM

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Kelsey Leonard will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Northeast Regional Climate Adaptation Science Symposium! A water scientist, legal scholar and policy expert, Kelsey Leonard is an enrolled citizen of the Shinnecock Nation and an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on Indigenous water justice and its climatic, territorial, and governance underpinnings. In this work, Dr. Leonard seeks to establish Indigenous traditions of water conservation as the foundation for international water policymaking. In a related effort, she is also working to integrate Indigenous perspectives into climate adaptation planning. Toward this end, she has proposed the WAMPUM framework--which is informed by northeastern and mid-Atlantic coastal Tribal Nation science and knowledge systems--as the basis for adaptation planning in response to sea level rise.

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Session Speakers and Moderators

Connection & Accessibility Information

Please note that symposium registrants will be emailed Zoom connection information approximately one week prior to the event. 

Our goal is to make the symposium accessible to as many participants as possible. We will offer automated live captioning throughout the symposium and have chosen a platform that is compatible with screen readers. If you require additional accessibility measures to participate fully in the symposium, please complete the accessibility section of the registration form. We will do our best to accommodate you.