Boston Living with Water competition

The coastal historic city of Boston is projected to have up to five or six feet of saltwater flooding by the year 2100. In response to this, the Boston Living with Water competition was launched.  Planners and designers worldwide were invited to develop new concepts and strategies that could improve Boston’s resiliency and adaptability to these predicted environmental changes.

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Making cities more resilient to flooding

Flooding is one of the most damaging natural hazards, affecting millions every year. There have been many notable flood events around the world in recent years, in countries such as Pakistan, Thailand, Australia, the USA, and in early 2014, parts of England experienced extensive floods. These events have caused widespread damage to infrastructure and buildings, as well as detrimental effects on human well-being.

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Tropical forests mitigate weather extremes

The 700-hectare Panama watershed experiment, also known as Agua Salud, will run for 20 to 30 years, making it the largest ongoing study of land use in the tropics. “Our project aims to clearly quantify environmental services such as water flow, carbon storage and biodiversity conservation that decision makers will consider as they evaluate projects from forest restoration to watershed management,” said Jefferson Hall, Smithsonian staff scientist and project director.

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