May 30: 16:00 – 20:00

Location: Gundalow Dock, Prescott Park, 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH

Pre-meeting session on small-town coastal resilience

Light dinner on Gundalow sunset sail (boat tour)

Rising seas and more intense storms are leading to an increase in coastal flooding and significant economic, social and environmental impacts in coastal communities. Similar to many Arctic regions, the Gulf of Maine (GoM) region is composed predominantly of small municipalities that commonly lack the technical and financial knowledge and resources, as well as the political will, to evaluate and adopt climate adaptation policies and practices. We will explore how communities in coastal New Hampshire are pooling resources and collaboratively addressing this challenge.

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup helps communities prepare of coastal flooding.


The gundalow “Piscataqua” on the river in Portsmouth, NH.

Wooden Boat Magazine article:


May 31: 7:30 – 12:30 


7:30-10:00 Strawberry Banke, 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH

10:30-12:30  Kingsbury Hall S145, 33 Academic Way, Durham, NH 

12:47-13:55  Train to Portland (included in the registration fee)

Breakfast and tour of Strawbery Banke with focus on “Water Has a Memory” exhibit.

Lunch and pre-meeting session at University of New Hampshire on sustainability and collaboration.

Strawbery Banke Museum is dedicated to bringing American history to life through dozens of historic buildings on their original foundations, heirloom gardens, and hands-on traditional crafts. The nearly 10-acre campus of Strawbery Banke incorporates the Puddle Dock neighborhood, named for its earliest incarnation as a tidal inlet. 

We will tour the campus and explore the major new installation Water Has a Memory: Preserving Strawbery Banke Museum & Portsmouth from Sea Level Rise".


Click here to listen to New Hampshire Public Radio's report, Portsmouth Museum Weighs Historic Preservation And Climate Change Risk.


Yankee Magazine featured Strawbery Banke's response to the challenge in the Mar/Apr cover story, "Rising Seas."


During King Tide events groundwater in basements in Strawbery Banke rises with the tide. Watch video here.


After the Strawbery Banke tour, we will board vans for a short drive to the University of New Hampshire for lunch and a short session to explore how UArctic members can better connect with Arctic research and education at UNH, with a focus on sustainability, innovative graduate and undergraduate student research programs, and enhanced faculty/staff exchanges.


Participants will then board the Down’Easter train at 12:47 PM for the trip to Portland, Maine (arrival time 13:55 PM).