Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities

We help communities in New England plan for adaptation to climate change. We developed the COAST model to help cities and towns estimate the costs of projected sea level rise and storm surge damages, as well as the avoided costs of various adaptation measures. The COAST tool is just one of an overwhelming number of online tools that promise to provide guidance and information. Some of these online tools are accessible, relatively low-cost, and provide immediate answers to questions. The question is how to provide useful information to smaller communities in New England that have limited resources and time to devote to sifting through the growing array of on-line tools.

Click here to access the COAST tool.

In response to that need, we have synthesized the array of online tools that smaller communities around the nation, and particularly in New England, may find to be helpful. These tools include guidelines, models and visualization tools, communication guidelines, financing adaption measures, and case studies.

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New challenges arise from weather events that are driven by a less stable climate. The key difference between what communities already plan for and climate adaptation planning is the level of uncertainty about how impacts may change in the future and the potentially enormous and devastating damages that a community may sustain.


Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps (2016) presents an overview of that task, with links to the reapidly expanding guidelines and tools available to local governments and a suggested way of thinking about this responsibility as an extension of what local governments are already doing. See the Executive Summary here and read the Full Report here.


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