Beach Profiling in an Urban Harbor via Participatory Science: Bridging Research and Outreach in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
This report from the 2021 Beach Profiling community science project was submitted for presentation at the 2023 Coastal Sediments Conference Series. The report includes results and discussion of the value of community participation in novel research.
Modifications of Coastal Protection Structures to Enhance Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
This Stone Living Lab-funded study assessed whether innovation in the surface structure or surface composition of vertical concrete shoreline seawalls could enhance intertidal biodiversity compared to plain vertical concrete seawalls and bulkheads.
A Comparison of Durability and Recruitment Rate for Reef Mimics Constructed from Marine Concrete and CaCO3-Enriched Concrete
This Stone Living Lab-funded study compared the performance of reef mimics constructed from marine concrete with those constructed with CaCO3-enriched concrete.
Intertidal Biodiversity Monitoring Storymap
Researchers from UMass Boston and the Stone Living Lab wanted to learn more about intertidal habitats across Boston Harbor. Specifically, what kinds of creatures live on our shorelines? How are they being affected by extreme weather events? How can we design future development to support these areas? Participants in this project help researchers collect intertidal biodiversity and temperature data. This storymap provides details on the research and results.
Beach Profiling Storymap
The Lab conducted a beach profiling community science program at 12 sites across Boston Harbor in 2021. By collecting monthly profiles and seeing how they change over time and after storms, we can paint a picture of how our beaches are being affected by climate change. This storymap describes the project and summarizes results.
Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the United States: A Focus on Six Impacts
Climate change affects all Americans—regardless of socioeconomic status—and many impacts are projected to worsen. But individuals will not equally experience these changes. This report improves our understanding of the degree to which four socially vulnerable populations— defined based on income, educational attainment, race and ethnicity, and age - may be more exposed to the highest impacts of climate change.