Boston, Sea Level Rise and Building In the Path of Disaster

Seth Kaplan

It has been apparent for some time that anyone who lives, works or is generally attached to a coastal community should be very concerned about the effects of sea level rise flowing from global warming.

A comprehensive new scientific paper and data tool, that builds on prior analysis, like the “Climate’s Long Term Impact on Boston” from 2005, is getting broad and deep press interest.

What is particularly striking is the ability to use this tool to look at the likely and predictable effects of sea level rise on particular places.  For example, applying the tool to the Boston waterfront confirms that epicenter of new development in the city is right in the bulls eye of sea level rise and if current trends continue the only way to enjoy the new restaurants in that area will involve swimming.

This realization should drive us both to plan in a way that acknowledges this very real threat but also to be even more serious and focused in our efforts to sharply reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are the underlying cause of the damage that is being done to our climate.

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Climate Change

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Massachusetts

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4 Responses to “Boston, Sea Level Rise and Building In the Path of Disaster”

  1. Rob Leeson

    So True…and remember that Providence, like Boston, was built on what was originally a harbor, surrounded by marshlands, and is basically at Sea Level.

    A God and important comment on an under publicised threat…Collaboration with RI could also produce good results for the state and for CLF’s Reputation here.

    Yes, we do have a hurricane barrier in Providence, but:

    – it has already proven to be unreliable on at least one occasion that has been publicized, and

    – seaward of the barrier are many industrial and residential entities which are at or near current sea level and will be negatively affected by the rise in sea levels. and

    – much of the RI shoreline and the land surroundiing its many harbors are near sea level and directly open to the ocean

    – one of the main issues mentioned in Pilkey’s Op Ed is the fact that the real facts and threats are not receiving the publicity they need; and, partially as a result of this, the pulic and its governing bodies are not knowledgeable and/or prepared. And, since newspapers are no longer read in depth (despite some scanning on Smart Phones/Computers) by a significant proportion of the population…so his Op Ed probably will have little influence on governmenrt boddies or their constituents…

  2. Rob Leeson

    So True…and remember that Providence, like Boston, was built on what was originally a harbor, surrounded by marshlands, and is basically at Sea Level.

    A God and important comment on an under publicised threat…Collaboration with RI could also produce good results for the state and for CLF’s Reputation here.

    Yes, we do have a hurricane barrier in Providence, but:

    – it has already proven to be unreliable on at least one occasion that has been publicized, and

    – seaward of the barrier are many industrial and residential entities which are at or near current sea level and will be negatively affected by the rise in sea levels. and

    – much of the RI shoreline and the land surroundiing its many harbors are near sea level and directly open to the ocean

    – one of the main issues mentioned in Pilkey’s Op Ed is the fact that the real facts and threats are not receiving the publicity they need; and, partially as a result of this, the pulic and its governing bodies are not knowledgeable and/or prepared. And, since newspapers are no longer read in depth (despite some scanning on Smart Phones/Computers) by a significant proportion of the population…so his Op Ed probably will have little influence on governmenrt boddies or their constituents…

  3. Rob Leeson

    So True…and remember that Providence, like Boston, was built on what was originally a harbor, surrounded by marshlands, and is basically at Sea Level.

    A God and important comment on an under publicised threat…Collaboration with RI could also produce good results for the state and for CLF’s Reputation here.

    Yes, we do have a hurricane barrier in Providence, but:

    – it has already proven to be unreliable on at least one occasion that has been publicized, and

    – seaward of the barrier are many industrial and residential entities which are at or near current sea level and will be negatively affected by the rise in sea levels. and

    – much of the RI shoreline and the land surroundiing its many harbors are near sea level and directly open to the ocean

    – one of the main issues mentioned in Pilkey’s Op Ed is the fact that the real facts and threats are not receiving the publicity they need; and, partially as a result of this, the pulic and its governing bodies are not knowledgeable and/or prepared. And, since newspapers are no longer read in depth (despite some scanning on Smart Phones/Computers) by a significant proportion of the population…so his Op Ed probably will have little influence on governmenrt boddies or their constituents…

  4. Rob Leeson

    So True…and remember that Providence, like Boston, was built on what was originally a harbor, surrounded by marshlands, and is basically at Sea Level.

    A God and important comment on an under publicised threat…Collaboration with RI could also produce good results for the state and for CLF’s Reputation here.

    Yes, we do have a hurricane barrier in Providence, but:

    – it has already proven to be unreliable on at least one occasion that has been publicized, and

    – seaward of the barrier are many industrial and residential entities which are at or near current sea level and will be negatively affected by the rise in sea levels. and

    – much of the RI shoreline and the land surroundiing its many harbors are near sea level and directly open to the ocean

    – one of the main issues mentioned in Pilkey’s Op Ed is the fact that the real facts and threats are not receiving the publicity they need; and, partially as a result of this, the pulic and its governing bodies are not knowledgeable and/or prepared. And, since newspapers are no longer read in depth (despite some scanning on Smart Phones/Computers) by a significant proportion of the population…so his Op Ed probably will have little influence on governmenrt boddies or their constituents…

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