Publication Detail

Results from a VCAPS planning workshop for extreme weather and climate change in New Bedford and Fairhaven, Massachusetts: Final report

Thomas Webler, Seth Tuler, Toni M. Pignatelli
16 pp.
MITSG 12-17
$5.50 DOM / $7.50 INT

To better understand and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events and especially flooding from severe rainfall and coastal storms, city officials in New Bedford and Fairhaven organized two workshops on 2 and 11 October 2012. With funding from MIT Sea Grant and with the cooperation of the City governments, the Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI) led the workshops that used a mediated modeling process called Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS). SERI developed VCAPS with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and MIT Sea Grant. The purpose of the workshops was to document the vulnerability of New Bedford and Fairhaven to extreme weather events, exacerbated by future climate change, and to identify actions that the communities could undertake to increase their resilience. More immediately, the intent was to identify actions that New Bedford could include in a revision to its hazard mitigation plan and that Fairhaven could include in general planning activities.

type: Technical reports

Parent Project

Project No.: 2011-R/RCM-32
Title: Improving understandings of consequences, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies to climate change related hazards

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