We hope that you will join us – in person, or by listening to the broadcast – at this symposium on ‘Coastal communities in a changing climate: impacts, challenges, and solutions for Gros Morne’.

Jointly hosted by Grenfell Campus and the Gros Morne Cooperating Association, this event brings together researchers, practitioners, and community members from across Canada to exchange and extend current knowledge on the impacts of climate change on coastal communities. The symposium emerges from an expanding collaboration between researchers and graduate students at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the Gros Morne Cooperating Association, a non-profit organization working with communities and businesses in Gros Morne National Park.

Through this event, we seek to build new synergies that will allows us to grow our understanding of the intersections between climate change modeling, socio-economic impacts, and infrastructure requirements. Our aim is to create a venue for discussing adaptation options, tools, and techniques, and to build a framework for innovative solutions. Most of all, we hope that this symposium serves as a public forum for discussing climate change adaptation strategies, and strengthens knowledge networks in Newfoundland.

The symposium is open to all participants and audiences. Details on how to attend the symposium are available here. The event will also be broadcast on community radio and live-streamed, with details on available here.

We wish to acknowledge the funding provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, and their Connections Grant program.

The symposium co-organizers:

Kelly Vodden, Associate Vice-President (Grenfell) Research, and Professor, Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

Raymond Cusson, Chair, Board of Directors, Gros Morne Cooperating Association

Patricia Manuel, Director and Professor, School of Planning, Dalhousie University

Roza Tchoukaleyska, Assistant Professor, School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

Ken Carter, Director, Grenfell Office of Engagement

Colleen Kennedy, Executive Director, Gros Morne Cooperating Association