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Research Report

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climate change, Boston, sea-level rise, extreme precipitation, coastal storms, extreme temperatures


Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Sustainability


This report summarizes the current understanding of the local factors that influence Boston’s future exposure to climate change risks. The following four risk factors were considered most relevant to Boston and are therefore evaluated in this report: sea-level rise, extreme precipitation, coastal storms and extreme temperatures. For each risk factor, a team of scientific experts, comprised of a team leader and three or more team members, was selected to evaluate and summarize the available information contained in both grey (reports, conference proceedings and the like) and peer-reviewed literature. Each team met independently between October 2015 and January 2016, and team leaders had regular teleconferences with the UMass Boston project team to keep them apprised of progress and to help overcome problems that were encountered. The process for reaching consensus is outlined in the next section.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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