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March 16, 2017 | Sandra Harris

Three images: Kinston flooded, white bird in wetland, ocean waves

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference will energize partnerships to develop solutions to benefit the state’s coastal communities, economies and ecosystems. Photos courtesy FEMA, Roger Winstead and Vanda Lewis.


Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

As North Carolina faces critical coastal issues, communities, agencies and researchers are working together. Those partnerships, and new technologies that harness vast datasets, will be highlighted in North Carolina’s Coastal Conference, April 4 and 5, 2017, in Raleigh.

“The agenda will cover a wide spectrum of topics,” explains Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant, host organization for the event. “By drawing such a varied audience, we expect to energize new and continued connections across universities, agencies, industries and communities.”

In particular, a free evening program on April 4 will highlight speakers from the N.C. General Assembly as well as demonstrations of technologies, including online tools to identify resilience.

Daytime plenary sessions and concurrent panels, including Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, will be at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Check the updated draft agenda here.

Online registration is open through March 31, 2017. Conference details are available at

The conference has strong support from sponsors:

Sponsorships help cover the costs for student participation. “These students are our future leaders. They need to be part of these science, policy and economic discussions,” White notes. See the sponsorship flyer or contact White at or 919-515-2455 for more information.


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