Climate Change

´┐╝Over the last thirty years, Massachusetts coastal areas have seen increased growth placing the public, businesses, and infrastructure increasing vulnerability to nor' easters and hurricanes that reach our coasts. The public is concerned about climate change and sea level rise and its potential impacts including increased flooding, more intense and frequent storms, and increased coastal erosion and beach closures, but often are confused about seemingly conflicting reports on the extents and likelihood of impacts.

To address these concerns, MIT Sea Grant has hosted workshops on computer modeling of potential effects on local communities and ecosystems, developed web-based climate change tools, actively participated in the national Working Waterfronts initiative, and most recently a climate change symposium bringing scientists, builders, government and architects together. Our funded research has supported mapping projects, state-of-the-art modeling in inundation, development of tools to predict hurricane strength, and inclusive approaches to aid in community-level decision-making through involvement with public agencies and stakeholders.

In the future, we will continue our efforts to assess regional vulnerabilities of climate change, and focus on research and outreach that address mitigation as well as adaptation. Outreach staff will work with local communities, state and federal agencies and the public on projects involving identification of high risk, strategies for adaptation, and support policies and programs that implement both adaptation and mitigation.

2014 Climate Change Symposium - Sustaining Coastal Cities Under Future Uncertainties

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MIT Sea Grant's 2014 Climate Change Symposium on Sustaining Coastal Cities was a smashing success, with experts in academia, government, and private industry, from Boston and around the world, convening to address concerns regarding sea level change, storm surge, extreme precipitation, and flooding, and options for adaption.

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MITSG Climate Change Publications

We offer a complete list of guides and links introducing the fundamental science of climate change, as well as cutting-edge dialogue on climate change issues.

MIT Sea Grant-funded projects produce several publications each year involving a climate change topics relevant to our Strategic Plan.

Climate Change News

Salt Marsh Response & Resilience to Changing Conditions: Prospects for Management
MIT Sea Grant... 11 / 5 / 2018

MIT Sea Grant Contributions to the Marine Invasive Species Rapid Assessment Survey Program: 18 years and Counting
MIT Sea Grant... 8 / 7 / 2018

New Fall Course taught by Sea Grant: Ecology and Sustainability of Coastal Ecosystems
MIT Sea Grant... 7 / 24 / 2018

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