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Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Symposium

September 19-21, 2022

Join the Southeast CASC in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the 2022 Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Symposium

Event Information

Goals of the symposium:

  • Support climate adaptation efforts by sharing science resources and tools and providing natural and cultural resource managers and regional experts with an opportunity to share lessons learned and best practices.
  • Discuss and identify gaps and needs for actionable science production and delivery that meets the requirements of managers for on-the-ground application.
  • Provide a venue for researchers, managers, and other resource people to share information about current activities, plans, and opportunities for collaboration.

This event is intended for:

  • Resource managers and researchers working in the southeastern U.S., including the U.S. Caribbean, on climate impacts and adaptation for fish, wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources.
  • Decision makers and practitioners from state fish and wildlife agencies, natural resource and land management entities, federal natural and cultural resource agencies, Tribal Nations and Tribal organizations, and NGOs.

Symposium registration is now closed.


All symposium meetings will be held in-person at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL.

We strongly encourage all participants in the symposium to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 according to current CDC guidelines.

Symposium Themes:

  • Changing Southeastern Landscapes
  • Impacts on Habitats, Animals, People
  • Adaptation Challenges & Successes

The symposium will begin at 8:00 am on Monday, Sept. 19, with a combination of plenary and breakout sessions concluding at 6 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Small group meetings will be held the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 21, with an optional field trip in the afternoon.


Poster and Tools Networking Session

Poster and Tools Networking Session is intended for students, researchers, managers, and partners to present posters depicting current research findings and partner resources, and to share management-relevant tools.

The session will be held on Monday, September 19, 4:30-6:00 pm.

We are no longer accepting abstract submissions. Participants have been notified of acceptance.


Field Trip – Fort Morgan Historic Site

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Shuttles will depart The Lodge at 12:30 pm and return by 5 pm.

Cost: $18.36 – Cost for the tour includes round trip transportation from The Lodge to Fort Morgan as well as group entrance fee for the Fort.

Registration and Payment Deadline: September 13. Shuttle space is limited to 50 participants.

As part of the 2022 Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Symposium, we have organized a field trip to Fort Morgan Historic Site at the mouth of Mobile Bay. We will explore the Fort and learn from Fort Morgan staff about challenges related to sea level rise and subsidence for management of this important cultural resource. We will also meet with US FWS staff to learn about climate impacts on dune and marsh habitats outside of the Fort and their management for threatened and endangered species.

The Fort Morgan Historic Site field trip will engage participants in this region’s rich history as an American battleground and also in its climate adaptation and conservation efforts. Fort Morgan is located west of Gulf Shores, Alabama on Mobile Point. This site served as the battle site for the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. The fort continued to be used during the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II. This seacoast fortification experienced much adaptation and change over the years by the U.S. Army to best protect the country. In 1946, the site was declared a historic site to the state of Alabama. Fort Morgan also has many outdoor resources and activities, such as beaches, nature trails, bird watching areas, and fishing. Outside the site is a federal wildlife area managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with dunes and marshes providing habitats for at-risk species, especially important in the face of changing climate and development pressures in the northern Gulf of Mexico.


Questions or Comments?

Questions can be directed to Cari Furiness,

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