Faculty Advisor

Rivera, Angel A.

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan

Project Center

Boston, Massachusetts


This project developed and implemented a climate adaptation tool that will assess the risk level of coastal water treatment facilities in Massachusetts due to the rising sea level. The sea- level is rising due to climate change caused by rising global temperature. The risk assessment tool utilizes several factors that would be detrimental to a coastal wastewater or drinking water treatment facility in the event of a flood due to sea-level rise. The risk assessment tool was applied to a random sample of facilities. The results were tested by packaging and presenting them to various audience members to gather feedback and reactions. This provided the group and sponsors at Mass DEP with recommendations for any potential follow-up work with the risk assessment tool in the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs