The Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice (CoP) brings together individuals from local, state, and federal governments, academia, non-profit organizations and the private sector to apply climate science and assess how coastal communities and ecosystems can adapt to the impacts of climate variability and change.

The CoP provides a forum for sharing lessons learned and best practices related to climate communication and adaptation. The CoP also provides education and networking opportunities to its members and their stakeholders to increase knowledge and awareness of climate science and to coordinate and perform outreach, extension and communication related to climate change and its impacts in the Southeast and Caribbean region.

Why a Community of Practice?

  • Facilitates exchange and collaboration between science and policy communities
  • Provides a forum through which successes of others can provide models to jump start new projects
  • Makes expertise in SE climate service groups accessible to developing projects
  • Allows members to ask for help from others
  • Promotes a stronger, more unified voice when seeking funding

Steering Committee
Chris Bergh, South Florida Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy
Amanda Farris, Program Manager, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments
Stephanie Fauver, Meteorologist, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Blaik Keppler, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, SC Department of Natural Resources
Jennifer Kline, Coastal Resources Division, GA Department of Natural Resources
Michael Kruk, Research Scientist, ERT Inc., NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
Geno Olmi, Coordinator, Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team, NOAA
Lauren Thie, Epidemiologist, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services
Suzanne VanParreren, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve
Bethney Ward, Project Lead and NERR Liaison, NOAA Office for Coastal Management
Jessica Whitehead, Coastal Communities Hazards Adaptation Specialist, NC Sea Grant

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