EBC Climate Change Program: Protecting Boston – The Boston Harbor Barrier Study


Date: June 22, 2018


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

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.

Final Agenda – EBC Climate Change Program – Protecting Boston – The Boston Harbor Barrier Study

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this meeting (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.



Program Chair:

  • Joseph Famely, Project Manager, Woods Hole Group

Speaker Agenda:

Preliminary Analysis for Boston Harbor

  • Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., Professor, School for the Environment, UMass Boston; Academic Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab

Hydrodynamic and Closure Analyses

  • Kirk Bosma, PE, MCE, Senior Coastal Engineer / Innovation Director, Woods Hole Group

Environmental Impacts

  • Bob Chen, Ph.D., Professor, School for the Environment, UMass Boston

Ecological Economics

  • Di Jin, Senior Scientist, Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Recreational and Commercial Harbor Use Impacts

  • Kimberly Starbuck, Research Associate, School for the Environment, UMass Boston

Economic Analysis and Comparison to Shore-Based Solutions

  • Paul Kirshen, Ph.D., Professor, School for the Environment, UMass Boston; Academic Director, Sustainable Solutions Lab

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion moderated by Joe Famely of Woods Hole Group.


  • Austin Blackmon, Chief, Environment, Energy & Open Space, City of Boston
  • Kirk Bosma, Woods Hole Group
  • Bob Chen, UMass Boston
  • Di Jin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Paul Kirshen, UMass Boston
  • Kimberly Starbuck, UMass Boston

Program Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–>,Through June 8,Through June 20,After June 20
EBC Member:,$100,$120,$140

Attendee List

Sitara Baboolal Rps Group, Inc Ocean Engineer
Peter Baldwin base-e President
Dennis Carlberg Boston University Sustainability Director
Ralph Child Mintz Member
Robert Daylor Tetra Tech Senior Vice President
Nathan Dill Ransom Consulting, Inc. Project Manager/Engineer
Tristan Donovan Tighe & Bond Coastal Engineer
Barnaby Evans WaterFire Executive Artistic Director
Joshua Fawson Harvard University – EH&S Wastewater Programs Compliance Manager
Annique Fleurat VHB Water Resources Specialist
Jamie Grome Tighe & Bond Staff Engineer
Betsy Isenstein Commonwealth of Mass, DCAMM Director, Energy & Sustainability
Jennifer Johnson Nitsch Engineering Project Manager
Julia Kallmerten Tighe & Bond, Inc Staff Engineer
Allie Kauffman Jacobs Coastal Engineer
jim kinch NSI Contracting Sales Mgr
Pallavi Mande Charles River Watershed Association Director of Blue Cities
Valerie Moore Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP Associate
David Murphy Tighe & Bond, Inc. Vice President
Karla Noboa Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Volunteer and Programs Coordinator
Daniel Raizman AIR Worldwide Senior Risk Consultant, Global Resilience
Karen Rave Universidad de Medellin Environmental Engineer (Job Seeker)
Brandon Raymond Geosyntec Consultants Coastal Engineer
Erik Rexford Epsilon Associates, Inc. Senior Planner
Mary Kate Schneeweis Beals and Thomas, Inc. Environmental Specialist
Sasha Shyduroff Metropolitan Area Planning Council Clean Energy and Climate Planner II
Christopher Small The University of Rhode Island Coastal Engineer (Job Seeker)
Nancy Smith Boston Public Health Commission/OPHP Program Manager
H. Curtis Spalding IBES, Brown University Professor of the Practice of Environment and Society
Zachary Stromer Woods Hole Group Coastal Scientist
John Sullivan Boston Water & Sewer Commission Chief Engineer
Steven Tadros RPS Group, Inc. Scientist
Nichole Weber UMB Student


The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Program – Protecting Boston – The Boston Harbor Barrier Study completed on June 22, 2018, can be viewed below.

Presentations – EBC Climate Change Program – Protecting Boston – The Boston Harbor Barrier Study

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