Nov. 19 and 20, 2019 | Wilmington, N.C. | #NCCoastConf

Event Information

Read the news release here.

What: North Carolina Coastal Conference
When: Nov. 19 and 20, 2019
Where: Hotel Ballast, Wilmington
Media contact: Dave Shaw, dmshaw@ncsu.edu or 919-621-3933 (cell)

Parking information for conference attendees who are not guests at Hotel Ballast is here.

Many communities from central North Carolina to the coast found their resilience tested in 2018.

Make plans now to join North Carolina Sea Grant, our researchers and partners from across the state to discuss a range of critical issues, including:

  • Weather, storms and climate
  • Community and ecosystem health
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Planning and economics

Follow our plans on social media: #NCCoastConf.

We anticipate providing continuing education credits based on final agenda content.

The agenda is available here. The following schedule gives a quick overview of both days.

DAY 1: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

8:30 AM Registration and Posters Set Up

9:00 AM Welcome and Opening Session
Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant
Jonathan Pennock, NOAA National Sea Grant College Program
Christopher Finelli, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Mladen Vouk, North Carolina State University

9:45 AM Keynote: Perspectives on Coastal Resilience
Michelle Covi, Old Dominion University

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Resilient Communities: Urban and Rural Perspectives
Veronica Carter, Brunswick County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
Mark Willis, National Weather Service, Wilmington
Lawrence Cahoon, UNC Wilmington

Noon Lunch: Networking and Posters

1:30 PM Concurrent Session I
Conference attendees can choose from fifteen different presentations of various lengths. The four main themes include Water Resources, Education and Learning Perspectives, Coastal Economic Development, and Research Updates from the NC Sentinel Site Cooperative. The sessions conclude with a Panel Q&A.

3:00 PM Break

3:15 PM Concurrent Session II
Over a dozen presentations cover Community Preparedness and Resilience, Species Science and Aquaculture, Gullah/Geechee Resiliency: Traditional Knowledge Education, and Research Updates from the NC Sentinel Site Cooperative. The sessions conclude with a Panel Q&A.

4:45 PM Break

5:30-7:30 PM Posters and Reception at Hotel Ballast

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

8:30 AM Registration Opens

9:00 AM Welcome
Susan White, North Carolina Sea Grant
John Nicholson,  North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

9:20 AM Keynote Address
NOAA’s Blue Economy Initiative: North Carolina Connections
RDML Timothy Gallaudet, USN Ret.,
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator 

10:00 AM Break

10:15 AM Concurrent Session III
Eleven presentations address Adaptations to Changing Conditions, Estuarine Ecosystems, and The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership: Ecological Flows, Water Resources, and Water Availability in the Coastal Plain. In addition, 10 lightning talks cover a wide range of other cutting-edge topics. The sessions conclude with a Panel Q&A.

11:45 AM Networking Lunch and Poster Awards

1:15 PM Concurrent Session IV
Content and formats include four presentations on Marsh Interface: Edges of Land and Water, four presentations on Post-Storm Assessments, three roundtables on Investing in the Blue Economy through Sustainable Tourism, and a full-session workshop on The Value of Wetlands to Communities.

2:45 PM Break

3:00-4:00 PM (Closing Session) Resilient Communities: Traditional and Emerging Sectors
Janice Allen, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Stan Riggs, NC Land of Water
Chuck Weirich, NOAA Aquaculture 


Registration

Advance registration is closed. A limited number of walk-up registrations might be available at the event, depending on space.

  • 2-day regular registration: $250
  • 1-day regular registration: $175
  • 2-day student registration: $75 (no change from early rate)

Sponsorship Opportunities

North Carolina’s coast is a historic, cultural and economic gem that faces many challenges as the state continues to grow and change. North Carolina Sea Grant is a key leader in addressing the state’s urgent and long-term needs in ocean, coastal and watershed resource management. Help support this work by becoming a sponsor of the 2019 North Carolina Coastal Conference. You can select one of four levels:

EMERALD — $5,000

  • Complimentary conference registrations for two sponsor participants
  • Exhibitor table at the conference
  • 1/2-page recognition in conference program
  • Premier logo placement and recognition on conference website
  • Recognition from the podium during the conference and evening program

SAPPHIRE — $2,500

  • Complimentary conference registrations for one sponsor participant
  • Literature space at the conference
  • 1/4-page recognition in conference program
  • Logo placement and recognition on conference website
  • Recognition from the podium during the conference

RUBY — $1,000

  • Complimentary conference registrations for ONE sponsor participant
  • Literature space at the conference
  • Logo/name recognition in conference program
  • Recognition on conference website
  • Recognition from the podium during the conference

CRYSTAL — $500

  • Literature space at the conference
  • Logo/name recognition in conference program
  • Recognition on conference website
  • Recognition from the podium during the conference

To become a sponsor, complete the process at this link: go.ncsu.edu/ncsg_cc_sponsor.

If you would like more information about becoming a 2019 North Carolina Coastal Conference sponsor, please contact Katie Mosher, communications director for North Carolina Sea Grant, at kmosher@ncsu.edu or 919-515-9069.


Sponsors

EMERALD LEVEL

 

 

SAPPHIRE LEVEL

  

RUBY LEVEL

       

CRYSTAL LEVEL

Sue Meyer Design

   


Hotel

Hotel Ballast
301 North Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Directions

The hotel room rate is $106/night through Oct. 31, 2019.

Reserve your room by going to go.ncsu.edu/ncsg_cc_hotel.


Archive

Find the materials for the 2017 North Carolina’s Coastal Conference at this link and the 2015 conference at this link.

Updated November 11, 2019