Faculty Advisor

deWinter, Jennifer

Faculty Advisor

Tuler, Seth

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


As climate change raises sea levels (SLR) and exacerbates storm surges, the frequency and severity of coastal flooding will increase. Boston’s shoreline is increasingly vulnerable to flooding. Industries in the Designated Port Areas (DPAs) of Boston Harbor pose risks to public health and the environment because of toxic chemicals used and stored on-site. The goal of this project was to assess the vulnerability of DPAs in Boston harbor to SLR and coastal storms. We evaluated three different aspects of vulnerability: exposure, sensitivity, and ability to cope on 18 different sites within four of Boston’s DPAs. Our report highlights the need for more systematic evaluation and planning by stakeholders to mitigate the risks associated with flooding due to SLR and coastal storm surge.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs