Moving Back from the Mid-Atlantic Coast: Advancing the Conversation

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Rainy days, high tides, and sea level rise are making floods a routine part of life in the Mid-Atlantic and other coastal areas, driving interest in relocating individuals and communities away from the water’s edge. Designed for coastal adaptation practitioners, this webinar series features scientists and experienced practitioners working in the Mid-Atlantic to proactively move people, structures, and infrastructure out of harm’s way.


Webinar 1: Personal and Community Impacts of Relocation

Recorded March 25, 2021

A frontline view of the challenges of relocation, the relevant science, and tested and emerging approaches to working with communities to maximize the benefits and minimize the impacts of relocation.


  • Meghan Wren, coastal resident and participant in Blue Acres Program
  • Dr. Anamaria Bukvic, Assistant Professor of Geography, Virginia Tech
  • Luke Ormand, Environmental Analyst, Town of Brookhaven (Mastic Beach, New York)
  • Rhonda Coe, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Blue Acres Program

Webinar 2: Planning Approaches and Tools

Recorded April 28, 2021

Insight into planning approaches and policy that advance the concept of relocation in the Mid-Atlantic. Speakers discussed opportunities and gaps in relocation policies, and how those policies translated into long-term community visioning and near-term action in Hampton Roads, Virginia.


Webinar 3: Equity and Environmental Justice

Recorded May 27, 2021

A discussion of how to advance equity and environmental justice in our engagement with communities as we move back from the Mid-Atlantic coast.


Webinar 4: Economic Considerations

Recorded June 24, 2021

A discussion of the economic consequences for relocation, whether it be prompted by a disaster, financial fears in markets, or community planning.


Webinar 5: Communication and Engagement

Recorded July 29, 2021

An exploration of strategies to initiate and sustain community conversations about adaptation and relocation.