Friday, July 24, 2020

Fort Point

This week our focus was on creating a lesson plan centered around climate change and resiliency. The Fort Point Channel area is one of the many neighborhoods that are on the forefront of feeling the effects of climate change. Climate change is a worldwide problem, but here in Boston sea level rise is the most threatening impact of climate change for the city. Boston is built on over 5,000 acres of reclaimed land, Meaning that at one point large parts of the city were underwater. The land is created by pumping out the water and adding to the elevation with dry earth. This means that a lot of the coastline has been artificially made.

Fort point is one of the areas of the city that was built on reclaimed land and has a man made coastline. This combination makes it especially susceptible to sea level rise. However there are things that can be done to lessen the effects of sea level rise in places like Fort Point. These are called Climate Resiliency plans. These plans include changing what is called hard coastline into soft coastline.  We saw examples of the hard coastline at Fort Point not only on the surface but also with the underwater drone that we got to use this week. Another part of the Climate Resiliency plans is to create a deployable flood wall to protect neighborhoods from storm surges.

Fins Up!
Underwater Drone in Action

The Roseway 

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