By Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) - The latest on local climate change is up for discussion at the Third Annual Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit next month.

The summit is a forum among scientists, agencies, municipal leaders, watershed organizations and citizens concerned about increased precipitation, sea level rise, and increased frequency and severity of coastal storms in New Hampshire. The theme of this year’s session is “Collaborating for Solutions: Choices Ahead.”

The summit is scheduled for Thursday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland.

The goals are to learn about current local climate change research and climate adaptation efforts; to identify needs and gaps in current climate knowledge and adaptation and mitigation efforts; and to foster and facilitate collaboration on current and future climate work.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert J. Johnston, director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute and a professor in the Department of Economics at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He will speak on the economic trade-offs in coastal adaptation.

The summit is being hosted by the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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