Urban Responses to Sea Level Rise

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Spring 2012 Seminar
Meets: Th 12:00pm - 2:00pm in WCC Room 3007
2 classroom credits

David Barron, Gerald Frug, Jerold Kayden, Daniel Schrag, Charles Waldheim

This seminar taught by faculty from Design, Law and Engineering, will explore various strategies of urban adaptation to climate change with a focus on the challenge that global sea level rise poses for the Boston metropolitan area. Students will be exposed to a range of issues including: the underlying science of climate change as it applies to projections of sea level rise and storm intensity and frequency; the engineering and infrastructure that currently protects cities around the world from flooding, including examples from London, the Netherlands, New Orleans and Venice; planning issues associated with building large infrastructure in urban areas; the governance of urban interventions, and the interplay between city, state and federal regulations; and the capacity to respond to disasters following a large flooding event. The class will meet for two hours per week, with additional time devoted to group projects on different components of a strategy to improve the resilience of the Boston area. Enrollment for law students is with the permission of Professors Frug and Barron.

Subject Areas: Environmental Law .