Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Historic Preservation (MHP)

Legacy Department

Historic Preservation


Stiefel, Barry

Committee Member

Hudgins, Carter

Committee Member

Gilmore, R. Grant


Rising sea levels not only threaten coastal infrastructure and private property, but also the world’s historic resources. This thesis examines the impacts of rising sea levels on the historic resources of Charleston, South Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. These two cities are prominent in American history, home to a significant number of National Historic Landmarks, and are recognized as the cultural capitals of their regions. These cities will be studied closely in this work not only for their effects from rising sea levels but also for possible adaptations and mitigation policies against the predicted effects of sea level rise.

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