UMass Boston Scientists Predict Heat, Sea Level Rise Increase for City of Boston – University of Massachusetts Boston

A chart from the Climate Ready Boston report showing projected sea level rise for three different emissions scenarios.
Image by: Climate Ready Boston
Anna Fisher-Pinkert | June 17, 2016

More severe storms, higher coastal waters, and extreme heat waves are coming to Boston in the near future. Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration plans to prepare the city for climate change using scientific projections compiled by a team of scientists from across the region. This group, led by School for the Environment Associate Professor of Hydrology Ellen Douglas and Professor of Climate Adaptation Paul Kirshen brought together experts to focus on sea level rise, coastal storms, extreme precipitation and extreme temperature projections for the Boston region.

In a new report for Climate Ready Boston, the teams led by Douglas and Kirshen provided a scientific consensus that will be used to inform long term planning for the City of Boston. The study’s key findings include:

Sea level rise is an increasing problem:

  • By 2050, sea level rise in Boston will likely be between 8 and 18 inches. The worst case scenario could mean 30 inches of sea level rise by 2050.
  • By 2100, sea level rise will likely be between 2.5 and 7.4 feet. The worst case projection suggests that number could be as high as 10 feet.

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