Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Listening to Greater Boston's Climate Change Concerns
by Valdez, Anna I., M.S., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2020, 191; 28028738
Abstract (Summary)

As climate change threatens our communities, it reminds us of the importance of preparing for the future. Cities and towns are trying to understand how climate change will place their citizens at risk. To create resiliency measures and adaptation plans, they will need climate related parameter information. The Greater Boston Research Advisory Group (GBRAG) knew it was necessary to listen to the needs of stakeholders in Greater Boston about the climate parameter information they need to prepare resilient communities. To accomplish this goal, GBRAG held community workshops, collected a survey, and reviewed their Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness reports. These three methods allowed GBRAG to gain a comprehensive understanding of the information needed by the 101 Greater Boston communities. GBRAG also evaluated the inclusive and exclusive language surrounding the participant’s responses. This allowed GBRAG to understand if the outreach produced tones that accounted for all community groups. The engagement methods and their findings were analyzed and critically studied to understand how future engagement processes could be improved. The process of engaging with the public is challenging but ensures that the GBRAG report will hold information that is needed by the public to create adaptive and resilient communities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Douglas, Ellen, Kirshen, Paul
Commitee: Sweet, Elizabeth L.
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: Environmental Sciences (MS)
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Environmental science, Climate Change
Keywords: Adaptation, Climate change, Community engagement, Engagement methods, Resilient, Stakeholders
Publication Number: 28028738
ISBN: 9798664795400
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