Preparing for the Rise: A Study of Boston’s Sea Level and Designs for Coastal Resiliency Public
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Climate Ready Boston (CRB) began the work of assessing the impact of climate change on the City of Boston in 2016 by looking at the effects of increased temperatures, precipitation, storms, and Sea Level Rise (SLR). The work pertaining to SLR was conducted in anticipation of 36” of SLR by the year 2070. It is expected that new projections set to be released soon will show that Boston will experience 48” of SLR by 2070 instead of 36”. This team was tasked with reassessing the effects of the additional foot of SLR on an area of the City. The team evaluated vulnerable neighborhoods within Boston, and then narrowed the scope of the project to focus on one area that will be impacted by the increase. The team created a GIS model reflecting the additional SLR effects in the neighborhood of East Boston, calculated the additional costs associated with the new prediction, and conceptually designed flood barriers to protect vulnerable residents in Boston.
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