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. The goal is to engage researchers, students, and the public in testing innovative, adaptive, nature-based approaches to climate adaptation, coastal resilience, and ecological restoration in a variety of coastal locations 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

The Four Core Priorities of the Stone Living Lab


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.

Resilience Through Partnerships.

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“This unique new partnership will create opportunities to prevent flooding, enhance recreation, and improve local ecosystems, a trifecta of benefits that could have truly global reach. We are delighted to see the work unfolding.”

Cathy Stone, Stone Foundation

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Climate Change has Researchers Turning to Boston Harbor Islands

NBC10 Boston highlights the Stone Living Lab's leadership in studying nature-based solutions to climate impacts within the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

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Stone Living Lab Launches as New Hub for Nature-Based Resilience Solutions

As coastal communities face increasing climate-related threats, a new collaborative ecosystem has launched that aims to become a global hub for testing and scaling up nature-based solutions in the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

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The Harbor Islands Solution

The UMass Boston Magazine profiles the Stone Living Lab for its Winter 2020 issue.

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