About Us

PEERS is the first practitioner-led global community of practice working to address the risks of sea level rise and related coastal hazards. This global collaborative works to solve complex problems to meet the needs of vulnerable coastal communities today and in the future. The work of PEERS is led by members around the globe, and membership is always FREE.

PEERS currently has over 425 members from 55 countries & territories

In the past 18 months we have held two global workshops (report), helped lead a major international conference, convened a global Development Committee, and held a successful series of webinars on adaptation pathways. We are kicking off a lot of new activities in the next few months, starting with a pilot project (in partnership with NASA) creating high-resolution inundation maps for communities around the world, signing technical and community partners, engaging with scientific leaders to translate best available science, convening regional gatherings, and building regional and global connections among practitioners.

PEERS has a growing list of partner organizations around the world, including the NASA Sea Level Change Team, Aspen Global Change Institute, the Institute of Water Modeling in Bangladesh, the Water Utility Climate Alliance, and additional partnerships pending with scientific and environmental institutes around the world. We are working to build activities in every region of the globe, each featuring leadership and wide participation from practitioners and partners.

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PEERS Vision, Mission, and Goals

The Practitioner Exchange for Effective Response to Sea Level Rise (PEERS) creates a venue for practitioner collaboration, knowledge sharing, relationship building, and technical assistance. The objective is to support excellence in this important endeavor at this critical moment in time and provide a collaborative space where practitioners and their partners can learn from each other and design effective and timely resilience strategies for their communities.

Coastal regions and people resilient to the impacts of sea level rise.

Our Leadership

Abby Sullivan 

Acting Chief Resilience Officer, Philadelphia Office of Sustainability

Adam Parris

Senior Consultant, ICF

Adam Robinson

Project Leader for the Environment Agency

Anh Cao

Project Researcher at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

Amon Martin

Asset and Planning Manager at Thames-Coromandel District Council

David Behar

PEERS Chair and Climate Program Director at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Dilip Trivedi

Principal with Moffatt & Nichol

Erin Derrington

Environmental Science and Policy Specialist

Felipe C. Mandarino

City Information Director at Instituto Pereira Passos

Glynis Lough

Global Director, PEERS, and Affiliate, AGCI

Gordon Smith 

Strategic Lead, Community Climate Action at the Province of Nova Scotia

Lau Jamero

Climate Resilience Coordinator of the Manila Observatory

Neale Farmer

Senior Resilience Officer with Lake Macquarie City Council

Ricardo da Cruz e Sousa

PEERS Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Thao Nguyen Danh

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Danh Thao, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT)

Violet Saena

Executive Director, Climate Resilient Communities

Zahirul Haque Khan

Executive Director, Institute of Water Modeling

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