Massachusetts Coastal Flooding

Climate change causing more nuisance flooding in Massachusetts

Today, Massachusetts has 84,000 people at risk of coastal flooding. By 2050, this number is projected to more than double with an additional 133,000 people projected to be at risk due to sea level rise.

Atlantic hurricane season is seeing more major storms

 10 before-and-after images of iconic locations in major U.S. coastal cities if sea levels rose 25 feet.

Sea level threats down to zip code

Type a coastal place name in Massachusetts and find local projections, maps and potential impacts on people, infrastructure, and much more with our interactive tool.

Massachusetts currently has approximately 50 square miles in the 100-year coastal floodplain. By 2050, this is projected to double to 100 square miles due to sea level rise.

What's Happening with Coastal Flooding?


New England is Wicked Dry Right Now With Little Relief In Sight

Boston just had its driest summer on record with precipitation more than 6.5 inches below average. It also had its hottest August on record, which has helped bake in the dryness... More


Climate Change Is Coming For Your Maple Syrup

“In general over New York and New England, the season is now beginning about seven days earlier than it did 40-50 years ago and ending 10 days earlier."... More

North Carolina

Sinking Atlantic Coastline Meets Rapidly Rising Seas

New research using GPS and prehistoric data has shown that nearly the entire coast is affected, from Massachusetts to Florida and parts of Maine... More


What a Warmer Future Means for Southeastern Wildfires

Tinder-dry conditions that have resulted from months with little to no rain and toasty fall temperatures have allowed the fires to reach unusual heights. More

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