The Atlantic Resiliency Innovation Institute

An independent non-profit, bringing together scholarly, community, and industry resources to provide workforce development and incubate next-generation coastal hazard mitigation technology solutions


What is the Atlantic Resiliency Innovation Institute (ARII)?

The Atlantic Resiliency Innovation Institute (ARII) is the parent organization and home for The Marshfield Coastal Hazard Lab (MCHL) & Marshfield Coastal Academy (MCA). Through our workforce development programs and our federally funded research lab, we are building a science-based community to bring to market the next generation of coastal hazard mitigation solutions. ARII was established through a collaboration of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern University, the Town of Marshfield, and the Marshfield Public School District.

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Organizational Structure


Atlantic Resiliency Innovation
Institute (ARII)


Marshfield Coastal
Academy (MCA)

Marshfield Coastal
Hazard Lab (MCHL)


Build a post-secondary workforce development program and create STEM-enhancement curricula for adjacent communities in the region

Establish a technology hub and laboratory to study coastal hazard events and develop coastal hazard mitigation solutions

To put it simply.

Bottom Line Up Front

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of K-12 Students Accessing STEM Curriculum

ARII’s 2-year start-up plan is working to build an independent innovation hub supported by 10+ permanent employees providing workforce development and high-tech skill certification training for 80+ workers per year, and integrating with local and regional school systems enabling enhanced STEM curriculum for 1,000’s of K-12 students, and generate new coastal hazard solutions to improve regional resiliency.

5 Year Goals

  • Grow ARII to 10 permanent staff
  • Transition ARII operation to permanent funding via industry partnerships, endowment,
    and MCHL revenue
  • MCA Workforce Development: 2 cohorts per year containing 40 students; totaling 350+students over 5 years
  • MCA STEM-Enrichment: an experience for all ~3,900 Marshfield Public School Department students every academic year and at least 1 HS-level opportunity for 10 adjacent communities (Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Scituate, and Weymouth)
  • MCA to acquire a permanent HQ
  • Transition MCHL operation to permanent funding via paid research, as well as state and federal agency contracts
  • MCHL filing and disclosing Intellectual Property (IP) regularly; hired an IP portfolio manager
  • MCHL executed revenue-generating IP licensing agreements
  • MCHL host annual industry and academic conference to showcase research and attract talent
    to the region
  • ARII host annual community day to share lessons learned with regional residents
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