Coasts, Climate Change, and the Future


November 13th and 14th


An All Virtual Conference Hosted by Salem State University


Salem State University and Salem Sound - 2019




The direct link to the Program is at https://aag-meetings.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6/sessiongallery/schedule



Friday, November 13th

3:00pm - 6:00pm

World Geography Bowl

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Social Time

6:30pm - 8:00pm

NESTVAL Business Meeting

  • Darren Bardati, President of NESTVAL
  • Gary Langham, Executive Director, AAG, invited guest



Saturday, November 14th

8:00am - 8:25am

Welcoming Remarks

  • Dean Gail Gasparich, College of Arts & Sciences, SSU
  • Keith Ratner, Geography and Sustainability Dept, SSU
  • Darren Bardati, NESTVAL President

8:30am- 10:00am

Session 1 - Coasts & Climate Change I

10:00am - 10:15am


10:15am - 11:45am

Session 2 - Coasts & Climate Change II

Session 3 - Human-Environment Geographies in the NESTVAL Region

11:45am - 12pm


Noon - 1:00pm

1:15pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 3pm

Session 4 - Pedagogies in Physical and Social Geography

Session 5 - GIS Applications

3pm - 3:15pm


3:15pm - 4:45pm

Session 6 - Social-Ecological Systems


All Day, and available until November 30th


Student Poster Galleries (List in PDF format)


Concise List of Sessions and Abstracts (PDF)



The direct link to the Program is at https://aag-meetings.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6/sessiongallery/schedule



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Conference Theme:

This conference hopes to attract papers, posters, and panel discussions around the broad theme of coasts under a changing climate a look at our coastal communities, coastal ecosystems, and coastal infrastructure with the climate crisis upon us. Five of the six states in our region have coastlines as do the Canadian Maritime provinces. Some potential topics: vulnerability to climate change, future climate-driven coastal hazards, adaptation strategies, mitigation strategies, research strategies, climate justice, climate crisis and COVID-19 crisis, municipal climate action and sustainability planning, and good pedagogy on these issues. Geographers are well-suited to study and contribute to these efforts that all require spatial thinking and the spatial analysis tools that geographers regularly employ. Analyses of these issues in places, regions, or other countries of interest. NESTVAL also welcomes papers and posters on other topics not related to the conference theme.




Student Paper and Poster Competition

NESTVAL will award cash prizes.

Posters must be uploaded by 5pm on Friday, November 13th (link to submit poster)

Posters need be in PDF format and under 5MB in size.

Please contact Kym if you are having problems uploading you poster.



Student World Geography Bowl

The annual student World Geography Bowl will happen virtually with slightly new rules rules will be sent to registered teams.
All student participants need to register for the conference.

Departments planning on participating should e-mail Professor Stephen Young (syoung@salemstate.edu)


Registration fee structure:

Faculty presenters:                           $75 [$50 reg. + $25 Full Member annual dues for NESTVAL]

Faculty not presenting:                    $50 [$25 reg. + $25 Full Member annual dues for NESTVAL]

Adjunct Faculty:                                $50 [$25 reg. + $25 Full Member annual dues for NESTVAL]

Students & other professionals:     $15 registration




Organizing Committee: John Hayes (jthayes1212@gmail.com), cell phone: 978-979-9520

                                            Stephen Young (syoung@salemstate.edu), phone: 781-477-9346

                                            Kym Pappathanasi (kym@salemstate.edu)


Geography and Sustainability Department, Salem State University
Salem, Massachusetts 01970 USA