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EBC Climate Change Webinar: The Option of a Boston Harbor Regional “Layered Defense” Coastal Resilience System

December 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
375 Harvard Street

This EBC Climate Change webinar will focus on the existential threat of coastal flooding to the fifteen cities and towns that flood throughout Boston Harbor. The webinar will include a discussion of the need for a comprehensive regional solution that integrates local land-based infrastructure designed to protect low lying areas from sea level rise. The review of a regional solution will include the concept of a regional harbor-wide sea gate system designed to address the devastation caused by storm surge.

This EBC Climate Change webinar will include presentations on existing Boston Harbor programs, specific design options and locations for a regional sea gate system, and examples of how such systems have been designed to reliably protect other US and European cities and ports.

A robust discussion with the audience will conclude this webinar.

Final Agenda – Climate Change Webinar – Boston Harbor Regional Layered Defense

Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.



Program Chair:

  • William B. Golden, Project Coordinator, Boston Harbor Storm Surge Working Group

Speaker Agenda:

Planning for Climate Change in Boston

  • Sanjay Seth, Climate Resilience Program Manager, City of Boston

The Case for An In-Depth Cost Benefit Analysis of the Option of a Boston Harbor Regional “Layered Defense” Coastal Resiliency System

  • William B. Golden, Project Coordinator, Boston Harbor Storm Surge Working Group

How United States and International Coastal Cities Seek the Protection of a Regional “layered defense” Sea Gate System

New York

  • Robert Yaro, Professor of Practice, University of Pennsylvania School of Design Former President, The Regional Plan Association

Galveston Houston

  • William Merrell, PHD, President Emeritus, Regents Professor, Department of Marine & Coastal Environmental Science; George P. Mitchell Chair, Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University Galveston Campus

European Seagate Systems

  • Charles Schelpe, CEng MICE, Global Technology Leader Flood Infrastructure Engineering, Jacobs

Elimination of Mandatory FEMA and Other Federal Flood Insurance Premiums

  • Joe Rossi, President, Massachusetts Coastal Coalition
Attendee List

Gabrielle Belfit Tighe & Bond Senior Environmental Scientist
Eric Bender Bender Editor
Nasser Brahim Woods Hole Group Senior Climate Resiliency Specialist
Gabriel Cira The Emerald Tutu CEO
Dan Codiga Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Marine Information Analyst
Nathan Dill Ransom Consulting, LLC Coastal Engineer
Tristan Donovan Jacobs Waterfront Structural Engineer
Jennifer Doyle-Breen AECOM Associate Vice President/Project Manager
Stephen Estes-Smargiassi MWRA Director of Planning and Sustainability
Timothy Famulare Town of Provincetown Environmental Planner
John Frey Weston & Sampson Landscape Architect III
Caroline Higley Commonwealth of MA, EEA Dir of Environmental Policy Coordination
Erikk Hokenson MA CZM Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator
Courtney Humphries UMass Boston PhD Candidate
Susan Israel Climate Creatives President & Founder
Anthony Julian Haley & Aldrich Admin
Yuliya Kalmykova TRC Companies Program Manager Climate Resiliency
Katherine Kemen BSC Group, Inc. Climate Adaptation/ Resilience Specialist
Katie Lund UConn CIRCA Program Assistant
Hannah Lyons-Galante MBTA Climate Resiliency Specialist
Brendan Madsen Jacobs Engineering Ports and Maritime Engineering Professional
Charles McCaffrey Town of Falmouth Chair, Coastal Resiliency Committee
Anna McGinty Town of Tewksbury Town Planner
David Murphy Tighe & Bond Vice President
Jim Nickerson GEI Consultants, Inc. Vice President
Bruna Paranhos Jacobs Waterfront Structures Engineer
Sonja Plesset Plymouth Rock Assurance Foundation Executive Director
Adam Questad Geosyntec Consultants Senior Water Resources Engineer
Erika Rosenstein Jacobs Ports and Maritime Project Manager and Group Lead
Sean Scannell Epsilon Associates Staff Scientist
Niek Veraart Michael Baker International National Practice Lead – Planning
Michael Yako GEI Consultants, Inc. Senior Vice President
F Adam Yanulis Tighe & Bond Vice President
Kenneth Yu Kleinfelder Water Resources Engineer