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.

Project Inputs and Preliminary Climate Risk Rating Output first prompts users to input project information. Second, based on users’ responses and project location, the tool determines a preliminary climate exposure rating for the overall project, by climate hazards, such as sea-level rise/storm surge, precipitation, temperature, etc.

As result, the rating, combined with the consequence of the impact of the asset failing, informs a preliminary climate risk rating for each asset, by climate hazard. For more information, please see Section 3: Climate Resilience Design Standards Overview, Project Inputs and Preliminary Climate Risk Rating Output PDF.

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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