Cape Cod sea level rise at the center of the Natural History Museum forum


BREWSTER – An environmental issue at the heart of many Cape Cod residents is rising sea levels. How do we adapt when the waters we love start to move closer than we’d like?

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present a virtual forum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, hosted by the Museum of Science, Boston, titled “Climate Risk Resilience: Sea Level Rise”. Participants, officials said, will be able to “explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of sea level rise, work with others to recommend resilience strategies and learn how to Community science participation can help educate scientists about communities at risk. floods ”, according to press reports.

The forum is part of a National Informal Stem Education Network project titled “Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities”. The project aims to educate the public about heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation and drought, as well as teach ways to plan for resilience against these environmental risks, according to nisenet.org.

Wing Island will be part of a citizen science project at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster after presenting a Science Museum forum on sea level rise this week.

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The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will be one of 28 museums participating in the project, according to Peg LeGendre, project coordinator for the Brewster Museum.

The forum will be interactive, allowing participants to learn more about a simulated city experiencing sea level rise and design a resilience plan to adapt to the problem. Three options will be offered to the inhabitants of this city: keep the water outside, live with the water and manage retirement. Forum participants will need to decide for whom each option is optimal.

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The forum will be the first step in the CCMNH’s Sea Level Rise project, a project that will study sea level rise specifically in Brewster. The project will involve the Museum and the Brewster Department of Natural Resources working together to set up photographic posts on Wing Island and Breakwater Beach, which will allow visitors to take photos of the beach with a cohesive view.

These images will then be used for a Citizen Science beach monitoring project, which will provide a more informed picture of sea level rise in Brewster.

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The museum will use a citizen science grant recently received by NOAA to fund the project.

Museum officials plan to have their own forum based on the Museum of Science model, which will be specifically aimed at teachers in Grades 3 to 8, with ideas they can take back to their classrooms.

To register for the forum “Resilience to climate risks: sea level rise”: https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/Wxf8CpYoJQh9wkWWWHDzLTA?domain=eventbrite.com.

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