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Cape Cod National Seashore Scenario Planning

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Pilot Project participants using a mapping tool

DOT Volpe


Climate Change

Scenario Planning

Cape Cod

Pilot Project

The Interagency Climate Change Scenario Planning Cape Cod Pilot Project was established to develop a successful and replicable process for integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation measures into a transportation and land use planning strategy. Analysis included identifying different areas suitable for varying levels of growth or preservation based on sea level rise vulnerability, and opportunities to implement transportation measures which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions built upon sound land use planning, transportation planning, and environmental considerations. Led by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Volpe Transportation Center (with selected consultants), the study area for the pilot project includes the15 towns ofCape Cod. Planning Group members include: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Cape Cod Commission.

Read more about Cape Cod National Seashore's involvement in climate change scenario planning at these links:

Pilot Project Brief

Please also see project webpages on DOT Volpe site including 2011 reports





CCNS Action Plan




Did You Know?

vernal pond

The hydrologic system of lower Cape Cod consists of four distinct ground-water lenses, or flow cells, which receive recharge through precipitation. Other hydrologic features besides groundwater include kettle ponds, freshwater wetlands (vernal ponds), freshwater streams, and estuarine wetlands.