A major goal of the RCN SAGE project is to identify educational needs for training future
scholars and practitioners in this area, and create opportunities for education to connect Caribbean and Northeastern individuals and institutions. We want to engage a diverse community of practitioners, researchers, government officials, and students in the SAGE network to disseminate best practices, research ideas and future trends in coastal resilience planning and implementation. These efforts are intended to make the SAGE network a recognized vehicle for informing this wider community, and integrating our collective knowledge into educational pathways such as graduate degrees, certificates, minors and other educational forums. Ultimately, we intend to infuse individual educational experiences with our work through all of these mechanisms.
Accordingly, the objective of this Broader Impact Group (BIG) meeting is to discuss: a) current activities that the SAGE network is engaged in, b) future opportunities that could be leveraged by the network, both for the professional/research community and as curricular pathways for students, and c) discuss possible funding mechanisms and ideas that would promote the educational pathway activities of the network. The group will make plans for the coming year (15-16), and produce a roadmap for the next 2-3 years for this area of the SAGE network to guide our activities. We will also discuss how the educational pathways group could contribute to the literature through this set of activities.
14-15 Activities – Recap
December 5, 2014: Climate Change and Adaptation Solutions for the Coastal Ocean Along the US Northeast Scott Doney, Senior Scientist and Department Chair, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Mass.
January 24, 2015: Preparing for the Rising Tide Julie Wormser, Executive Director, The Boston Harbor Association
March 13, 2015: Incorporating Nature Based Solutions into Climate Adaptation and Restoration Plans in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary: A Survey of the Challenges and Opportunities Two Years After Sandy
Robert Pirani, Program Director, New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program at the Hudson River Foundation
April 10, 2015: Coastal Climate Challenges in Tourism-Dependent Caribbean Lorna Inniss, Acting Director, Coastal Zone Management Unit in Barbados
Offer half-day workshop as a pre-conference “primer” on coastal resilience drivers and responses.
See Appendix A for proposal submitted. Need names for possible speakers in 3 slots.
Reviewed existing education programs on coastal resilience and sustainability
See Appendix B (separate file: “Coastal degree_certificate programs 2_15.xlsx”) for results from this scan. This scan includes some programs that are not specifically resilience-focused, but provides an initial overview of institutions with curricular offerings closely related.
Continue Webinar Series?
Frequency – should we try for more frequency (4 in 14-15)?
Increase listserv distribution for greater attendance, build network
Can we increase frequency by co-sponsoring other events organized by others?
Suggestions for possible collaboration
Recording, putting on YouTube
Repeat at other venues
Repeat Boston workshop at other conference or consider another workshop packaging for other venues
Begin planning for cross-institutional certificate offering – how to implement and overcome institutional barriers?
Explore opportunities for funding, if appropriate (discussion)
2-3 year goals for the educational pathways portion of the SAGE network
Development of certificate or joint degree program
Newsletter or other e-dissemination model for information? What would benefit the wider community in this mode?
Start a new online journal in this area?
Other ideas for sustainability of the SAGE network as an educational vehicle
Preparation for the BIG meeting on June 16:
consider possible webinar theme for this year; also consider what listservs we could be advertising to in order to increase dissemination
consider whether there are conferences that would be appropriate to repeat Boston workshop or offer other topics packaged in workshop format
be prepared to brief the group on existing degree or certificate programs at your institution or that you are aware of; give thought to whether/how the SAGE network could be part of or leverage such a program
be prepared for a discussion of whether we should seek supplemental funding to support educational pathway activities – if so, can you suggest some possible sources, RFPs? What type of RFP should we look for?
How should we prepare in the next 2-3 years for the SAGE network to be sustainable as an education/dissemination vehicle?
BIG Meeting Outcome Goal
Establish both near-term activities of the SAGE network for education as well as a strategic direction for this aspect of the project.
Appendix A. Proposal for September, 2015 Workshop in Conjunction with Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference
Proposal for Coastal Adaptation Pre-conference Workshop
To be offered in Connection with Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference
This workshop will provide a pre-conference primer on the technical inputs, planning and zoning drivers, potential solutions, and framework for future development in coastal adaptation design and implementation. There will be 4 sessions during the workshop with the following proposed topics to be covered:
Coastal Geomorphology and its impact on susceptibility of coastal zones to slow and fast onset events (TBD speaker will be expert on coastal geomorphology)
Risk framework for coastal zones and the impact on planning and zoning (TBD speaker on planning and/or zoning policy implementation)
Natural and engineered infrastructure interventions for coastal adaptation (TBD speaker who has experience in the public or consulting sector on design and construction of interventions)
Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) – framework for decision-making on infrastructure responses to coastal hazards (Prof. Elisabeth Hamin, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Planning for the Workshop
Planning for the workshop will be carried out by the contact person, Tom Sheahan (details below), in conjunction with the organizers of the conference and representatives from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE and other local chapters of relevant national organizations (e.g., American Planning Association). Event planning at Northeastern will be facilitated by the College of Engineering Dean’s office. The workshop agenda and other materials will be submitted to the national organizations for considering continuing education/professional registration credits.
Thomas C. Sheahan, Sc.D., P.E.
Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs