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Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium

Monmouth University

April 17-18, 2019

The “new normal” of increased storm events, flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion from climate change presents daunting adaptation challenges for New Jersey in the years ahead. This symposium featured leading experts in climate change adaptation law and science to discuss lessons learned from other states and countries to assist New Jersey in navigating these challenges.

Topics included:

  • U.S. and Australian case studies in coastal adaptation
  • Public health dimensions of coastal adaptation
  • Human rights impacts to vulnerable coastal communities
  • Climate change impacts to “voiceless” communities (future generations, wildlife, and natural resources)
  • Strategies to combat climate change-induced and other anthropogenic factors in eutrophication of coastal marine ecosystems, and the impacts to ecosystem services and the communities who depend on them

Keynote Speakers:

Special Features:

  • Kickoff session of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy Consortium (roundtable discussion of experts on current developments in the field in the Mid-Atlantic region)
  • Articles from symposium speakers will be published in Fall 2019 in a special issue of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal


This event was hosted by Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, Global Education Office, Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Science, Office of the Provost, Dept. of Political Science and Sociology, and Youth Activists Group.

Symposium Materials

April 2020 issue of Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal dedicated to Symposium (PDF)

Final Agenda

Event Program


Prof. Randall S. Abate