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.

Latest News

03/28/2022 | Climate Preparedness, Policy, Research Losing Ground: Erosion on the Outer Cape

Erosion has been the topic of conversation for many Cape Codders in the wake of the last few storms. The Outer Cape in particular has taken a beating. Watch Dr. Mark Borrelli, Lab Research Director, discuss sea level rise and erosion for Lower Cape TV.

03/01/2022 Lab Director Paul Kirshen on Channel 5 WCVB Discussing New Sea Level Rise Predictions!

A new report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that by 2050, the water in Boston Harbor might be at least a foot higher than it is now. Our very own Lab Director Paul Kirshen was interviewed on WCVB Channel 5 Boston to talk about the potential impacts of sea level rise on Boston.


Collaboration is essential to the mission of the Stone Living Lab. The following organizations are working together to advance the Lab’s guiding principles.

Boston Harbor Real-Time Data

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