MA Climate Change Assessment

The MA Climate Change Assessment is a statewide analysis detailing how Massachusetts people, environments, and infrastructure may be affected by climate change and related hazards through the end of the century. This assessment will directly inform the first five-year update to the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP) that will be released in Fall 2023.

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Project Overview

The Massachusetts Statewide Climate Change Assessment will evaluate risks of climate change to the Commonwealth, including public and private assets, natural resources, and human health and safety. The climate assessment will serve as a core component of the 2023 update to the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP). Aligned with the SHMCAP, climate risks will be considered across five sectors: 

  • Human 
  • Infrastructure 
  • Natural Environment 
  • Economy 
  • Governance 

The primary objective of the assessment is to identify high urgency climate risks statewide, as well as by each region and sector. Risk rankings will be developed through discussions with the project working group and stakeholder groups, and will consider factors of: 

  • Magnitude of Consequence: Projected impacts which incorporates quantitative and qualitative indicators of the scale of potential impact, analyzed under the defined future climate scenario.  
  • Disproportionality of Exposure: Demographic analysis of the distribution of impact across populations, particularly the Commonwealth’s identified environmental justice and socially vulnerable groups.  
  • Need for Effective Adaptation: Assessment of current and planned adaptation plans and actions, and the potential benefits of additional adaptation action. 

The project consultant team is led by Industrial Economics and includes Eastern Research Group, Consensus Building Institute, and Woods Hole Group, in addition to independent subject matter experts from MA universities.  

Project Timeline

The MA Climate Change Assessment was launched in September 2021 and is anticipated to be complete in October 2022. This diagram summarizes major project components and milestones.  

Infographic showing the progression of tasks and project phases, including the risk assessment and stakeholder engagement.

Public Engagement

We are excited to announce our second wave of public engagement for the MA Climate Change Assessment! There are two ways to participate so your voice is heard.

We encourage you to complete a brief survey on the climate impacts most important to you (takes up to 10 minutes). This survey is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Khmer, Arabic and Cape Verdean Kriolu.

In addition, there are four virtual workshops scheduled during the week of June 13th. Please note that the multiple meeting times are to accommodate a variety of schedules; the same agenda will be covered at each workshop. Please join us by registering for one of the four discussions (up to 90 minutes each) here: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsd-Gupz4sG9IAw7pA-h5_EeGitcCXuV8 

  • Conversation 1: June 13 at 11 a.m.
  • Conversation 2: June 15 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Conversation 3: June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Conversation 4: June 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Agenda

  • Welcome (~10 minutes)
  • Overview of climate impacts (~35 minutes)
  • Gather community input and concerns about climate impacts (~40 minutes)
  • Next steps and closing (~5 minutes)
  • Adjourn

If you participated in our last wave of workshops, we welcome you back to provide input on our progress. If you are new to this initiative, we welcome you, too! We’ll provide a brief overview of our progress so far, but you can also watch a recording of the presentation given at all four workshops during our first wave of engagement in early March 2022:

English: Simultaneous interpretation services for languages other than English are available upon request–requests must be made at least 48 hours before the session you plan to attend. Please contact Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Spanish/Español: Habrá servicios de interpretación simultánea para idiomas disponibles a pedido. El pedido debe hacerse por lo menos 48 horas antes de la sesión a la que usted planea asistir. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Haitian Creole/Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pral gen sèvis tradiksyon nan bouch pou lang ki pa Anglè, depi ou fè demand la–prezante demand yo omwens 48èdtan anvan sesyon ou prevwa pou patisipe ladann lan. Tanpri kontakte Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Portuguese/Português: Serviços de interpretação simultânea para outros idiomas estarão disponíveis mediante solicitação – os pedidos de interpretação devem ser feitos pelo menos 48 horas antes da sessão da qual você participará. Favor contatar Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Cape Verdean Creole/Kriolu: Nu ta ten servissu di interpretason simultaniu na otus línguas disponível pa pessoas ki pidi–ma pididus ten ki ser fetu pelu menus 48 ora antis di kada sesson ki pessoa sta plania bai. Favor di kontata Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Simplified Chinese/ 简体: 应请求提供英语以外语言的同声传译服务须在您计划参加的会议前至少提前48时提出请求如有任何有关会议日程或后勤的问题,请联系Carolyn Meklenburg(carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov

Traditional Chinese/ 繁体: 可應請求提供英語以外語言的同聲傳譯服務 必須在您計畫參加的會議前至少提前48小時提出請求。如有任何有關會議日程或後勤的問題,請聯繫Carolyn Meklenburgcarolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov

Vietnamese/Tiếng Việt: Dịch vụ thông dịch đồng thời cho các ngôn ngữ khác ngoài Tiếng Anh được cung cấp theo yêu cầu – yêu cầu phải được đưa ra ít nhất 48 giờ trước phiên mà quý vị dự định tham dự. Vui lòng liên hệ tới Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Russian/ русский язык : Услуги синхронного перевода на другие языки, кроме английского, предоставляются по запросу – запрос должен быть отправлен не менее чем за 48 часов до начала дискуссии, в которой вы планируете принять участие. С вопросами о повестке дня или логистике обращайтесь к Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov).

Khmer/ ខ្មែរ : សេវាបកប្រែក្នុងពេលដំណាលគ្នាសម្រាប់ភាសាផ្សេងក្រៅពីភាសាអង់គ្លេសគឺអាចរកជូនតាមសំណើសំណើត្រូវតែធ្វើឡើងយ៉ាងហោចណាស់ 48 ម៉ោងមុនវគ្គដែលអ្នកគ្រោងនឹងចូលរួម សូម​ទាក់ទង​អ្នកស្រី Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov)

 عربي

تتوفر خدمات الترجمة الفورية لمتحدثي لغات غير الإنكليزية عند الطلب، ويجب تقديم طلبات الحصول على خدمة الترجمة الفورية قبل 48 ساعة على الأقل من الجلسة التي تنوي حضورها. يرجى الاتصال بكارولين ميكلينبرغ/Carolyn Meklenburg (carolyn.meklenburg@mass.gov)

Contact Information

We look forward to engaging on this important initiative to inform the state’s focus and priorities related to adaptation and resilience action in the coming years. For more information or questions on the MA Climate Change Assessment, please contact rmat@mass.gov.

Date published: December 17, 2021
Last updated: April 11, 2022
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