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Results from participatory hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation planning workshops in Boston, Massachusetts

Thomas Webler, Seth Tuler, Elizabeth Oriel
17 pp.
MITSG 13-04
$5.50 DOM / $7.50 INT

To better understand and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather events city officials in Boston began updating the City’s hazard mitigation plan (HMP) in 2010. Hazard mitigation plans are typically revised every 5 years. Normally the HMP is based on past events and trends to forecast future impacts. But the City decided it was important to consider projected increases in the severity of storms, sea level rise, and heat due to global climate change.

From January through May 2012, the Social and Environmental Research Institute (SERI), with funding from MIT Sea Grant, facilitated five meetings to discuss the implications of climate change for weather-related hazards in Boston. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages regional planning methodology and awarded the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) a planning grant to update the City’s HMP, which is part of a seven inner core city effort. The Office of Emergency Management coordinated the inter-governmental stakeholder collaboration and organized the meetings. Multiple stakeholders, including city and state officials, representatives from non-profits, major institutions, non-governmental organizations and others participated in these meetings. The meetings combined reviews of climate models and data for the region with discussion of local expertise on flooding, winter storm and extreme heat impacts to commerce, vulnerable populations, coastal infrastructure and the City in general.

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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