Planning for the Future: Climate Adaptation in Hazard Mitigation Plans and Comprehensive Water Resource Management Plans
Author(s)Bailey, Gregory; Baril, Jacob A.; Bellini, Jonas A.
This project investigated whether hazard mitigation plans (HMPs) and comprehensive water resource management plans (CWRMPs) completed by cities and towns in Massachusetts account for the long term effects of climate change. A hazard mitigation plan is documentation created by state officials or planners that states how a specific community prepares for potential hazards. A CWRMP is an assessment of current water infrastructure as well as a plan for future water management. As our group investigated climate change in coastal Massachusetts, we examined if current HMPs included climate change information. We then looked into the opportunities and barriers for climate change information being included in coastal community’s CWRMPs and HMPs. Finally, we provided recommendations to improve these plans as a resource for urban and environmental planners interested in planning for future climate change impacts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sea Grant College Program
MIT Sea Grant Technical Reports;MITSG 12-10