Carbon Solutions New England

About the Project

Coastal communities are confronting the effects of rapid development and associated land use change while also dealing with the serious impacts of a changing climate. Both factors influence the frequency and magnitude of flood events. Local decision-makers and regional planners are seeking improved scientific information regarding current and potential future flood risk in the context of climate change to use as a basis for guiding development and planning infrastructure investments.

To address this gap, researchers from the University of New Hampshire and at Geosyntec Consultants have developed and refined a methodology for assessing flood risk associated with land use and climate change scenarios, implemented the methodology for the Lamprey River watershed of Great Bay, NH and demonstrated the use of associated products to support land use decision-making in coastal communities.

We have developed a variety of products for local municipalities that are available in the "Maps and Other Resources" of this website.

Funding for this research has come from several grants:

Analysis and Communication of Flood Damage Cost Avoidance in the Lamprey River Watershed of New Hampshire. New Hampshire Sea Grant, 2014-2018
PI: Cameron Wake, UNH
New Flood Plain Maps for Coastal New Hampshire and Questions of Legal Authority, Measures and Consequence. National Sea Grant Law Center, 2010-2012. PI: Julia Peterson, UNH, in collaboration with the Vermont Law School
Assessing the Risk of 100-year Freshwater Floods in the Lamprey River Watershed of New Hampshire Resulting from Changes in Climate and Land Use. NOAA — Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), 2009-2012. PI: Cameron Wake, UNH


For more information or to get more involved, please contact:

Cameron Wake
Earth System Research Center/EOS
University of New Hampshire
cameron dot wake at unh dot edu