Climate data provides a uniform methodology for developing design criteria values

As a part of Massachusetts’ capital planning, the Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) Climate Resilience Design Standards and Guidelines project implements actions from the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP) and proposes guidance for state-funded projects to climate resilience.

The Commonwealth’s Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool features the following four sections: Project Inputs and Preliminary Climate Risk Rating Output; Climate Resilience Design Standards Output; Guidelines and Best Practices; and, Additional Information and Resources.

In Climate Resilience Design Standards Output, the tool provides projects with recommended “Climate Resilience Design Standards.” Available statewide climate data provides a uniform methodology for developing design criteria values. Further, methodologies are structured in tiers to reflect the respective level of effort.

The Resilient MA Action Team defines climate resilience design “standards” as “… “a scientifically based process or method that produces a consistent outcome, which uniformly guides users in the selection of planning horizons, return period, and flexible design criteria, by climate parameter.”

About the Massachusetts Climate Change Clearinghouse

The Massachusetts Climate Change Clearinghouse (Resilient MA) is a gateway to data and information relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across the Commonwealth. It provides local climate change science and decision support tools for the Commonwealth to support decision-making that enhances climate resilience for local planners, practitioners, policy-makers, and the public.

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