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SOST Coastal Resilience Workshop

June 30, 2021


 On Tuesday June 15, 2021, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) hosted a Coastal Resilience Workshop. This virtual event convened over 400 Federal agency representatives across 27 agencies to strengthen and build the Federal community required to address our most pressing coastal resilience needs. 

This workshop was motivated by the need to ensure the resilience of our coasts in the face of rapid environmental change and increasing risk from climate change to coastal systems and the services they provide. Our coasts are economic engines for the Nation; focal regions for development and growth; and home to lands, waters, and resources of unique national value. The workshop identified Federal interests, capabilities, and ongoing activities related to coastal resilience and focused on how to build sustained collaborations that increase the impact of each contributing agency. 

Dr Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director for Climate and Environment from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, provided a welcoming keynote address. In her remarks, she called for a science-based approach to coastal resilience rooted in partnerships across Federal agencies, sectors, and communities.“  [LINK TO SUMMARY BRIEF]

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