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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