May 24-25, 2022 11am-4pm daily

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The goal of this workshop is to leverage knowledge and lessons learned from across regions and organizations to help standardize, improve, and advance methods to support resilient coastal wetlands and communities.

Our objectives are to share scientific perspectives and feedback on:

  • Coastal wetlands vulnerability and resilience
  • Applications of resilience-based management
  • Implications for coastal community resilience

Workshop Agenda – includes *NEW* links to presentation slides and video recordings

Presenter Bios – details about each of the presenters and the workshop support team

Tips for Participating in the Workshop – This 1-pager describes how best to use MS Teams, using the chat and to provide feedback, and and other tips for participating in the workshop

*NEW* EPA Mid-Atlantic Team Resources:

Lower Delaware Bay SLAMM Report: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): 2019. Application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to the Lower Delaware Bay, with a Focus on Salt Marsh Habitat. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-18/385.

RWVF Application for Lower Delaware Bay: Stamp, J., Hamilton, A.T., Haaf, L., Liang, M. and J.M West. In prep. A management-relevant framework for assessing salt marsh vulnerabilities to sea level rise: Delaware Bay case study. PLOS ONE.

Broader assessment adding storm surge and condition: Hamilton, A.T., Stamp, J., Haaf, L., Liang, M., and J.M. West. In prep. Salt marsh vulnerability to sea level rise and storm surge, influenced by marsh condition: Delaware Bay case study. PLOS ONE.

Adaptation Design Tool (Coral Reef Pilot): West, J.M., Courtney, C.A., Hamilton, A.T., Parker, B.A., Gibbs, D.A., Bradley, P. and S.H. Julius. 2018. Adaptation design tool for climate-smart management of coral reefs and other natural resources. Environmental Management, DOI:

Adaptation Design Tool (Chesapeake Bay Program Application): Chesapeake Bay Program 2018. Chesapeake Bay Program: Climate-Smart Framework and Decision-Support Tool. Johnson, Z. (ed), Hamilton, A., Hoffman, J., Herron, H., West, J., Julius, S. and D. Gibbs. CBP Climate Resiliency Workgroup, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Annapolis, MD. 43 pp.

Adaptation Design Tool Online Training: Corals and Climate Adaptation Planning: Adaptation Design Tool Online Course. 2017. The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

*NEW* EPA Northeast Team Resources:

Correction to: Buying Time with Runnels: a Climate Adaptation Tool for Salt Marshes: Besterman A.F., Jakuba R.W., Ferguson W., Grennan D., Costa J.E., Deegan L.A. 2022. Buying Time With Runnels: a Climate Adaptation Tool for Salt Marshes. Estuaries and Coasts.

Mulvaney, K., Ayvazian, S., Chaffee, C., Wigand, C., Schoell, M., and Canfield, K. In review. Open SESAME: A Socio-Economic Systems framework for collaborative Adaptive Management and Engagement in coastal restoration and climate adaptation. Submitted to Wetlands Ecology and Management.

Vegetation Dynamics in Rhode Island Salt Marshes During a Period of Accelerating Sea Level Rise and Extreme Sea Level Events: Raposa K.B., Weber R.L.J., Ekberg M.C., Ferguson W. 2017. Vegetation dynamics in Rhode Island salt marshes during a period of accelerating sea level rise and extreme sea level events. Estuaries and Coasts 40:640-650.

Wetland Loss Patterns and Inundation-Productivity Relationships Prognosticate Widespread Salt Marsh Loss for Southern New England: Watson E.B., Wigand C., Davey E.W., Andrews H.M., Bishop J., Raposa K.B. (2017) Wetland loss patterns and inundation-productivity relationships prognosticate widespread salt marsh loss for Southern New England. Estuaries and Coasts 40:662-681.

A Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Management of Coastal Marsh Systems | Science Inventory | US EPA: Wigand C. et al. (2017) A climate change adaptation strategy for management of coastal marsh systems. Estuaries and Coasts 40:682-693.

Raposa, KB, Bradley M, et al., …Wigand, C. In review. Laying it on thick: ecosystem effects of sediment placement on a microtidal Rhode Island salt marsh. Submitted to Frontiers in Environmental Science.

*NEW* Mid-Atlantic Partner Panel Resources

Pam Mason, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences. Nature-Based Solutions | Virginia Institute of Marine Science (

Julie Reichert-Nguyen and Breck Sullivan, Chesapeake Bay Program. A Systematic Review of Chesapeake Bay Climate Change Impacts and Uncertainty: Watershed Processes, Pollutant Delivery, and BMP Performance, Chesapeake Bay Program Science Needs Database

Christine Conn, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Coastal Land Conservation in Maryland: Targeting Tools and Techniques for Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Response, Coastal Resiliency Assessment (, Assessing Nature’s Role in Resilience (, Ecosystem Services (, The Coastal Atlas (

Josh Moody, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) Tools, PDE Mid-Atlantic Coastal Wetland Assessment (MACWA) Program, PDE Living Shoreline Storymap, DE Monitoring Framework, NJ Monitoring Framework, Delaware Living Shorelines Committee, NJDEP Coastal Ecological Restoration and Adaptation Plan (CERAP)

*NEW* Northeast Partner Panel Resources

Caitlin Chaffee, Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Implementing Adaptive Management into a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for a Drowning New England Salt Marsh – ScienceDirect: Perry D.C., Chaffee C., Wigand C., Thornber C. 2020. Implementing adaptive management into a climate change adaptation strategy for a drowning New England salt marsh. Journal of Environmental Management 270:110928.

Tom Kutcher, Rhode Island Natural History Survey. A Rapid Method to Assess Salt Marsh Condition and Guide Management Decisions: Kutcher T.E., Raposa K.B., Roman C.T. 2022. A rapid method to assess salt marsh condition and guide management decisions. Ecological Indicators 138:108841.

Courtney Schmidt, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program. Salt Marsh Restoration Assessment and Monitoring Program — Narragansett Bay Estuary Program ( Multiple agencies and organizations with different missions and mandates work efficiently and collaboratively towards the goal of preserving coastal wetland throughout Rhode Island. Point-of-contact Courtney Schmidt

Rachel Calabro, Rhode Island Department of Health. The Rhode Island Climate Change and Health Program: Building Knowledge and Community Resilience: Calabro, R. and Hoffman, C. 2021. The Rhode Island Climate Change and Health Program: Building Knowledge and Community Resilience. RI Medical Journal, Nov, pages 45-48.

*NEW* Additional Resources

Mitigating the Legacy Effects of Ditching in a New England Salt Marsh: Burdick D.M., Moore G.E., Adamowicz S.A., Wilson G.M., Peter .CR. (2020) Mitigating the legacy effects of ditching in a New England salt marsh. Estuaries and Coasts 43:1672-1679.

Evaluating Tidal Wetland Restoration Performance Using National Estuarine Research Reserve System Reference Sites and the Restoration Performance Index (RPI): Raposa K.B., Lerberg S., Cornu C., Fear J., Garfield N., Peter C., Weber R.L.J., Moore G., Burdick D., Dionne M. (2018) Evaluating tidal wetland restoration performance using National Estuarine Research Reserve System reference sites and the restoration performance index (RPI). Estuaries and Coasts 41(1):36-51.

Guidance for Thin-Layer Sediment Placement as a Strategy to Enhance Tidal Marsh Resilience to Sea Level Rise: Raposa K., Wasson K., Nelson J., Fountain M., West J., Endris C., Woolfolk A. (2020) Guidance for thin-layer sediment placement as a strategy to enhance tidal marsh resilience to sea-level rise. Published in collaboration with the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative.

Elevation Change and the Vulnerability of Rhode Island (USA) Salt Marshes to Sea-Level Rise: Raposa K.B., Cole Ekberg M.L., Burdick D.M., Ernst N.T., Adamowicz S.C. (2017) Elevation change and the vulnerability of Rhode Island (USA) salt marshes to sea-level rise. Regional Environmental Change 17(2) 389-97.

Raposa K.B., Wasson K., Woolfolk A., Endris C.A., Fountain M.C., Moore G., Tyrrell M., Swerida R., Lerberg S., Puckett B., Ferner M., Hollister J., Champlin L., Krause J.R., Haines D., Gray A.B., Watson E.B. In review. Evaluating thin-layer sediment placement as a tool for enhancing tidal marsh resilience: a coordinated experiment across eight U.S. National Estuarine Research Reserves. Submitted to Estuaries and Coasts.

Restoring a Degraded Marsh Using Thin Layer Sediment Placement: Short Term Effects on Soil Physical and Biogeochemical Properties: VanZomeren C.M., Berkowitz J.F., Piercy C.D., White J.R. (2018) Restoring a degraded marsh using  thin layer sediment placement: short term effects on soil physical and biogeochemical properties. Ecological Engineering 120:61-67.

Declining Sediments and Rising Seas: an Unfortunate Convergence for Tidal Wetlands: Weston N.B. (2014) Declining sediments and rising seas: An unfortunate convergence for tidal wetlands. Estuaries and Coasts 37:1-23.