WE39 - Preparing South Boston for Sea Level Rise & Storm Surges

Wednesday, November 28 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

As demonstrated during the January and March storms of 2018, Boston is at risk for coastal flooding and storm surges, particularly in the Fort Point Channel and Seaport neighborhoods. The City’s ongoing initiative, Climate Ready Boston, seeks innovative ways to plan for and mitigate the effects of climate change with targeted studies focused on the districts most at risk. A team of experts led by Arcadis—with Halvorson Design, CivicMoxie, and the Woods Hole Group—was engaged provide a comprehensive study focused on the coastal areas and neighborhoods of the South Boston waterfront. The goal of Climate Ready South Boston is to develop a series of near and long-term strategies for protecting the city from rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and storm surges, while at the same time creating social, environmental, and economic benefits and value to the people of South Boston. During this presentation, the speakers will review key details from the report, giving audience members a better understanding of the flood risks and flood pathways for South Boston, a brief overview of flood mapping dynamics, and the solutions developed through conversations with building owners and the community to reduce the risk of flooding in this growing district.

Learning Objectives:

Recognize strategies for coastal resilience

Explore opportunities to enhance the public landscape

Learn methods for engaging stakeholders in a community-driven process

Apply creative problem-solving for protecting the waterfront


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU | HSW

Education Tracks: Beyond Flooding: Designing Resilience

Event Type: Workshops > Session