Conference: At What Point Managed Retreat?

Lead PI: Dr. Radley M. Horton , Dr. Alexander de Sherbinin, Hayley Martinez

Unit Affiliation: The Earth Institute

June 2019 - June 2019
Global ; North America
Project Type: Outreach

DESCRIPTION: Organized by the Climate Adaptation Initiative at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, this conference addressed a range of issues facing coastal communities in the United States and around the world as sea levels rise and coastal flooding becomes more frequent and intense. The science around retreat is still ill-defined, and policy discussions remain contentious. This conference brought together thought leaders on this topic to advance the science and policy dialogue.

OUTCOMES: Conference sessions can be found on the Earth Institute's Youtube channel.


Kresge Foundation; Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Tamer Center for Social Enterprise


Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Ocean & Climate Physics, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law



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Modeling and Adapting to Future Climate


Opening Keynote: At What Point Managed Retreat? Resiliency Building in the Coastal Zone

This keynote session on Thursday, June 20, 2019 opened the conference At What Point Managed Retreat? by introducing major themes and questions.


Mar 29, 2021

Tidal Communities Make Their Case for Shaping Resilient Coastal Futures

A recent conversation focused on three coastlines where Indigenous and Black communities are caught between rising seas and societal and development threats on land.

Sep 18, 2019

The Tribe That Brought a Damaged Shoreline Back to Life

How the Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribe in Long Island, NY, transformed a desolate and barren stretch of shoreline to protect their land from erosion and sea-level rise

Jul 17, 2019

Conference Raises Tough Questions About Retreat from Rising Seas

Hundreds of experts gathered on campus to discuss possibilities for protecting coastal communities and withdrawing when we can no longer safely inhabit our coastlines.