Atlantic Avenue and Boston seaport

Buildings along Atlantic Avenue in Boston are quite proud of their proximity to the Boston harbor and stress their direct access to the sea.   When you can look through “the arch” of this landmark building from Atlantic Avenue and see the boats and ferries docked at the water’s edge, you realize that you are very near sea-level.

What do you think might happen here if more violent and frequent storms batter the Gulf of Maine as sea level rises over the next several decades and perhaps centuries?

This picture provides an immediate link to one of the potentially most vulnerable locations where Boston will begin to experience the impact of climate change in the coming months and years.  This is one of the topics of the Beacon Hill Seminar (BHS) Spring program, focusing on Boston’s “Climate Vulnerability.”  See:

For further background material on the problem of climate vulnerability and the BHS lecture/discussion course you can link to:

and the information that will continue to be posted on:

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