ROCKLAND — U.S. Harbors, of Rockland, will hold a free online conference, Wednesday, Nov. 17  from 1 to 4 p.m., to help coastal communities and their citizens understand and prepare for changes in coastal water levels, including king tides, storm surges, and sea-level rise. The conference will present internationally known experts speaking on key aspects of rising coastal water levels. The purpose of the event is to help communities understand what is happening — and predicted to happen — with rising water-levels and learn about how to track, and plan for, these conditions.

Conference speakers include John Englander, author, oceanographer, international speaker and expert on climate change and sea level rise; Renee Collini, who leads Place: SLR, a multi-state network of stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, and state and federal agencies to build tools and programs to address gaps in sea-level rise observing, research, and decision-making in the northern Gulf of Mexico and author on the Fifth National Climate Assessment’s Coastal Effects Chapter; David Wolcott, senior oceanographer with NOAA, specializing in tide and coastal water level monitoring technologies and predictions and Anastasia Fischer, president, U.S. Harbors. Fischer started the U.S. Harbors’ program to get affordable, easy to maintain, hyper-local tide stations into communities that currently lack this critical data.

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