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Private-public investment to ensure the future of a seaside community and blue economy village

Thank you for attending
the Phase 2 public symposium

November 18, 2021 | 6:30-8:30 PM
Clapp Auditorium,
Marine Biological Laboratory,
7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA

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What is ResilientWoodsHole?

  • A collaboration between three major science institutions in Woods Hole and key local stakeholders, including the business community, the residential community. and the Town of Falmouth.
  • Its primary focus is to ensure that the vibrant and productive village of Woods Hole prospers with the advent of major climate impacts and associated challenges. Direct access to the sea is fundamental to each institution’s mission and threats from rising sea level and more frequent and intense storms are no less than existential.
  • By pooling resources, intellectual horsepower, and management skill, the three institutions are leading ResilientWoodsHole on behalf of their mutual interests and those of the greater community.

Key outcomes

  • A key outcome of the ResilientWoodsHole initiative will be a comprehensive, phased strategy for increasing coastal resiliency, including village-wide design concepts and plans.
  • This strategy will address alternatives for institutional, private, and municipal infrastructure, as well as for the natural habitat and waterways.

This initiative contributes to the objective of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 by supporting the partnership between Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, and the Town of Falmouth to develop integrated climate strategies for the village of Woods Hole.


Phase 1 January – September 2020

In 2020, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory, and NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center worked with the Woods Hole Group to prepare the Woods Hole Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan.

Symposium, September 2020

Phase 1 culminated in a public symposium and the Woods Hole Village Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment was released to the public.

Phase 2 October 2020 – October 2021

Phase 2 includes an adaptation pathways project that builds on and integrates the results of the Town of Falmouth Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) and the Woods Hole Village CCVA.

Symposium, November 2021

November 18, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Clapp Auditorium, Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA
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Phase 3 - October 2021 – June 2022

With the support of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Resiliency Grant and matching funds, Phase 3 of ResilientWoodsHole will achieve the several objectives. 

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