About the Stone Living Lab The Stone Living Lab conducts transformative research and outreach to make vulnerable coastal regions adaptive to climate change while enhancing natural and built environments.

Together with researchers, students, and the public, we test innovative, nature-based approaches to climate adaptation, coastal resilience, and ecological restoration in and around Boston Harbor.

What is aLiving Lab?

A living lab brings research out of the lab and into the real world by creating a user-centered, open, innovative ecosystem that engages scientists and the community in collaborative design and exploration. 1 2

Our Guiding Principles Where Innovation Meets Land and Sea


Conducting experiments in science and engineering to increase the resiliency of natural and developed coastal systems while maximizing co-benefits and promoting ecological restoration.

Climate Preparedness

Promoting creative, equitable, and flexible coastal adaptation while preparing for and responding to climate change.


Engaging our communities in education and outreach programs that promote innovation and environmental justice, and facilitate hands-on research activities inclusive to all.


Collaborating broadly to conduct research on policy and planning, disseminate scientific findings, inform policy development, and implement the lessons learned from the Stone Living Lab.

Featured News and Events

02/28/2024 | Climate Preparedness, Lab in the News At Tenean Beach, city, state pull from nature’s toolbox to address coastal flood paths | Bay State Banner

Stone Living Lab Managing Director Joe Christo is featured in the Bay State Banner for a story about coastal flooding at Tenean Beach in Dorchester.

05/08/2024 at 01:00pm | Hull, MACobble Berms in Action: Site Exploration & Municipal Panel

Join the Stone Living Lab, Woods Hole Group, and MA Office of Coastal Zone Management for site exploration of a potential cobble berm and Q&A panel!

Boston Harbor Real-Time Data

Data are collected in real-time from monitoring equipment installed at Rainsford Island.