Managed retreat specialist to speak in Parker River program

A.R. Siders

NEWBURYPORT – The environmental group Storm Surge will host a live video presentation on Nov. 6 by A.R. Siders, a managed retreat specialist at the University of Delaware who will speak and answer questions from the audience at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge auditorium.

In the presentation, beginning at 7 p.m., Siders will talk about how storms, floods, erosion and sea level rise are making coastal towns more dangerous places to live. She will address the question of at what point does it make sense to move away from the ocean.

Siders will describe managed retreat – the purposeful movement of people and infrastructure away from risk – in the U.S. and what it could involve in the future.

She also will discuss managed retreat in the face of climate change, how local communities can plan for a retreat, and the importance of managing the implementation and outcome.

There will be a question-and-answer session after Siders’ presentation.

Siders is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware and a member of the Disaster Research Center. She is a lawyer and social scientist exploring creative ways communities can adapt to climate change. Her recent projects have focused on managed retreat and the social justice implications of coastal adaptation.

In addition to her work at the center, Siders collaborates with consulting companies and nonprofit organizations to integrate climate change adaptation into disaster risk reduction and resilience building.

She holds a doctorate from Stanford and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Siders previously served as a presidential management fellow with the U.S. Navy and as an associate director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

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