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Understanding Resiliency

Climate Ready Boston: Climate Projections Consensus

Parallel to Cambridge's own Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, Boston is running its own models gauging the effect a warming world will have on the region. It is interested to note that while projections for increased precipitation or heat waves may be the nearly the same on either side of the Charles (with the exception that Boston is more exposed to sea level rise), the way in which that information is presented differs markedly. The difference underscores an necessary realization that while numbers used to predict natural events might be empirically based, how communities react to those predictions, make preparations, and even define disaster is socially constructed. 

Can New York be Save in Era of Global Warming?

In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the Big Apple considers a future that isn't bobbing around, Rolling Stone article from July 5, 2016.

From the website: "Climate change is a significant threat to the health of the American people. This scientific assessment examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future."

Climate Change Vulnerability Report, Part I

The first part of Cambridge's Climate Change Vulnerability Report, released in November 2015. Part II, which was to have been released in early 2016, has been delayed until at least the end of June. Heat and water issues, whether from rising seas or increased percepitation, are the focus of this first installment in Cambridge's assessment.

Resilient San Francicso: Stronger Today, Stronger Tomorrow

Produced with the support of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, San Francicso's resiliency report grapples with the challenges the city faces to remain vibrant as it prepares to house 1 million inhabitants, upon an active fault line, and next to a rising ocean. 

Resilience Strategy Guide

From the article: "Revitalizing, restoring, regenerating, and boosting resilience are all modes of making a place healthier, wealthier, stronger, and more beautiful. Any community that thinks it doesn’t need to work on this is probably on its way down. We tend to lose what we take for granted."

Public Safety Committee Reviews Cambridge Alert Network 7.29.13

As resiliency planning goes, few steps are more crucial than rapidly disemenating information to the public. Read through the Public Safety Committee's report from November 29, 2013, on how the city uses technology and social media to connect with the public on safety issues. 

Public Safety Committee on Disaster Preparedness 11.21.11

As our efforts at preparedness and resiliency become more focused, it is interesting to see how the questions we bring to conversations on disaster mitigation change over time. Here is a report from a Public Safety Committee meeting on November 21, 2012, to discuss the city's plan to deal with natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

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Additional Resources

Throughout the Committee on Neighborhood-Based Resiliency's research and discussion, we will post articles and resources that members found useful to understanding the challenge of making Cambridge resilient. We hope to provide a collection of websites, documents, and articles to help guide citizens as they explore the meaning of resiliency in their own communities. 

If you know of additional materials that may be useful, please email them along.

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