CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts – The Town of Swampscott, Massachusetts has selected Kleinfelder to develop an integrated climate change coastal resiliency and flood control plan to help the community plan and prepare for sea level rise, flooding from extreme rainfall, and intense storm surges.

Paid for by a $70,100 Coastal Community Resilience Grant, the project contains six important tasks: developing an inundation model to assess coastal and inland flooding; determining the most vulnerable and at-risk infrastructure, buildings, and natural resources; developing recommendations to reduce risk; reviewing existing policies to promote climate change adaptation; recommending long-term adaptation strategies; and promoting public education and outreach about climate change risk and resiliency throughout the community.

“This project represents the future of climate change resiliency services because it integrates the engineering aspects of flood management with cutting-edge climate science,” says Dave Peterson, P.E., Kleinfelder’s senior professional. “Not only is this approach novel, but it is also extremely comprehensive, and will ensure that Swampscott continues to be a thriving community in the future.”

Kleinfelder’s proprietary climate change vulnerability and risk assessment services have been utilized by many high-profile cities and businesses including the Massachusetts Port Authority and the Department of Defense. Developed with academia, the company’s climate services are an industry-leading method of ranking and prioritizing climate change vulnerabilities across a variety of assets and systems, including infrastructure, the natural environment, and public health. The rankings are then translated into implementable actions to help cities and stakeholders prepare for a changing climate.

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Kleinfelder is a full-service engineering, architecture, and science consulting firm providing solutions to meet our world's complex infrastructure and natural resource challenges. A global firm with nearly 2,000 employees, Kleinfelder provides planning, engineering, scientific, technical and management solutions. With 50 years of experience, Kleinfelder's reputation of providing innovative, commonsense solutions to the most complex challenges has solidified its status as a trusted partner to its clients and a leader in the industry. Working as a team, our bright people will deliver the right solutions.