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EBC 5th Annual Ocean Resource Management Conference

New England Coastal Cities: Adapting to Sea Level Rise

Defending Boston from the Sea
Thank you to our Member Company, Foley Hoag LLP, for hosting this program at their facility.
The impacts of climate change include accelerating sea level rise and more frequent and intense storms threatening the built environment on the New England coast.  This EBC program will cover the latest sea level rise projections, the potential consequences of sea level rise for coastal cities such as Boston, adaptation options for protecting lives, property and urban infrastructure, and the policies and strategies being developed and employed by the public and private sectors to respond to the threat of sea level rise.

The financial stakes for Boston are not trivial.  Assuming low and high projections of a 20-to-26 inch rise in sea level by 2050 (by the time today’s infant is in mid-career), the report projects an “exposed risk” to property damage and consequential loss ranging from $409 billion to more than $460 billion (think of 20 Big Digs or half the cost of the Iraq war).  Article in ArchBoston   
Program Chairs:

  • Jack Wiggin, Chair, EBC Ocean & Coastal Resources Committee Director, Urban Harbors Institute
  • Mark Curran, Vice Chair, EBC Ocean & Coastal Resource Committee
    Vice President, Battelle Memorial Institute

Speakers include:

  • Hubert Murray, FAIA, RIBA, Manager of Sustainable Initiatives, Partners HealthCare
  • Paul Kirshen, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Matthew J. Kiefer, Director, Goulston & Storrs
  • James W. Hunt, III, Chief of Environmental and Energy Services, City of Boston
  • Mel Cot