Environmental Business Council Climate Change Program
For over 30 years, various concepts for a harbor barrier system to protect Boston from the combined impacts of sea level rise and storm surge have been proposed and received limited consideration. Acknowledging Boston’s location as both a strength and a vulnerability, and noting that the City’s current 1% annual chance flood may be the 10% event of 2050 or the monthly event later this century, the Climate Ready Boston report catalyzed a range of resilience initiatives – including a feasibility study for a harbor-wide flood protection system.
Led by UMass Boston, a team of coastal adaptation professionals, scientists, engineers, planners, and economists evaluated the feasibility, benefits, costs, environmental impacts, and potential use conflicts of Outer Harbor and Inner Harbor flood protection systems. The analysis also compares these harbor-wide alignments to the district-scale solutions currently being developed for vulnerable neighborhoods through Climate Ready Boston. In this program, authors of the Harbor Barrier Study will present methods and results of these economic, hydrodynamic, environmental, social, non-governance analyses, and discuss next steps with regard to building coastal resilience for Boston and the region.
Note there is a fee to attend this program. Find out more and register: http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-climate-change-program-protecting-boston-the-boston-harbor-barrier-study/?instance_id=