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UMB Team Depicts Potential Coastal Flooding in Boston


As a coastal city built mainly on landfill, relative sea level rise will be one of Boston’s greatest climate change challenges. Along will rising tides and “sinking” land, more frequent and violent storms are likely to occur as climate changes affect weather patterns.  The combination of these factors (in addition to other challenges) are likely to make many parts of the city extremely vulnerable to flooding from storm surges. Storm surge flood maps, developed by Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences faculty member, Dr. Ellen Douglas, and colleague Chris Watson, of Urban Harbors Institute, are being used as a tool to educate communities about the challenges ahead and adaptation tools. You can read about their work, and view one of their maps, in the Boston Globe.

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Author: The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS)

The Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security is distinguished by its focus on the intersections of oceans, climate and security, and emerging associated policy and management implications. Founded at UMass Boston in January 2010, the Collaborative Institute exists to develop and communicate high-value intellectual, policy, and technical expertise to help stabilize the health of our atmosphere, coastal communities and marine ecosystems, and human/national security for all. It seeks on a global scale to create new strategic opportunities to bring innovation to science, policy and communications. Visionary, as well as opportunistic and flexible, the Collaborative Institute uses multi-sector engagement as a cornerstone of its work and uses public/private revenue to sustain its mission.

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