The first Nantucket Climate Change Summit, September 2023, featured talks and posters discussion Climate Change Impacts but also resilience solutions on Nantucket. Look to this website for ongoing education and discussion events to focus the community on local Climate Change research and solutions.

Climate Change Summit: Winter Edition!

The Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Linda Loring Nature Foundation collaborate to bring Climate Change awareness and education to Nantucket. In September 2023, we launched Nantucket’s Climate Change Summit to explore and discuss local impacts and actions on the island. Join us this winter to keep the education and conversation going. As an evolution of our previous Nantucket Coastal Ecology Class, join us for a series of FREE Zoom Lectures and in-person field trips bringing Climate Change information to the public through zoom lectures and in-person field trips.

Register for the full series or individual events. 

Registration required for Zoom link/recording and to guarantee your space on the field trips - see below.


February 2024: State of Climate Change on Nantucket

Talk: State of Climate Change on Nantucket

Wednesday, February 7th, 5:30-7pm via Zoom


How is climate change impacting Nantucket today: this talk will explore the definitions of climate change and current impacts including sea level rise, erosion, rising groundwater, and storm surge. We will explore the models used to predict these impacts and get a solid understanding of the terminology as well as the current and future island trends. Drs. Jen Karberg (NCF) and Sarah Bois (LLNF) will share their extensive knowledge about Nantucket’s coastal ecology, including in-depth discussion of coastal processes, climate change, and what it means for Nantucket’s coastal habitats, current nature-based coastal resilience efforts and potential future coastal responses.

The lecture is FREE and open to all, but registration is required. Please register for the zoom link here.


Field Trip: Folger's Marsh Walk


Friday, February 9th, 10 am – 12pm, in person

Building off of the lecture, State of Climate Change on Nantucket, Drs. Jen Karberg and Sarah Bois will tour Folger’s Marsh and the surrounding habitats owned by UMASS Boston Nantucket Field Station and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation. Participants will be able to see direct impact of climate change discussed in the lecture and envision future change to the landscape. We will also talk about hope for the future and learn about. This is an interactive field trip and come prepared for winter weather!

Participation in or watching a recording of the previous lecture on the State of Climate Change on Nantucket is encouraged.

The field trip is FREE and open to all, but registration is required and space is limited. Please register here. Directions will be emailed before the trip. 

March 2024: Coastal Ecology of Nantucket

Talk: Coastal Ecology of Nantucket

Wednesday, March 20th, 5:30-7pm via Zoom


This lecture will explore the different coastal habitats found on Nantucket including their ecological importance and how they will adapt to predicted climate change. Topics covered include general ecology and natural history of coastal Nantucket, discussion of coastal processes, current nature-based coastal resilience efforts and potential future coastal responses. This lecture is stand alone but will build off information from the previous lecture.

The lecture is FREE and open to all, but registration is required. Please register for the zoom link here.


Field Trip: Millie's Bridge Walk


Friday, March 22nd, 10 am-12pm, in person


Building off of the lecture, Coastal Ecology of Nantucket, Drs. Jen Karberg and Sarah Bois will tour the Millie’s Bridge area of Madaket. We will explore multiple coastal habitats, visit a changing system, and learn about resilience and restoration efforts. Participants will be able to see direct impact of climate change discussed in the lecture and learn more about ways various organizations are mitigating for some of these impacts. This is an interactive field trip and come prepared for f

 

Participation in or watching a recording of the previous Climate Change Summit talks is encouraged.

The field trip is FREE and open to all, but registration is required and space is limited. Please register here. Directions will be emailed prior to the trip.


These events originated with Drs Jen Karberg and Sarah Bois who partner on climate change and resilience-based research and education while working for two different non-profits on Nantucket: the Nantucket Conservation Foundation and the Linda Loring Nature Foundation.

Dr Jen Karberg

Director of Research and Partnerships

Nantucket Conservation Foundation

jkarberg@nantucketconservation.org

Dr Sarah Bois

Director of Research and Education

Linda Loring Nature Foundation

stbois@llnf.org

Our Nantucket Community is very connected to our island and everyone has a story about the changes around them - what are your stories? What have you seen change on this island?