Climate Change


Climate ChangeIn the 21st century, the whole planet, and especially coastal communities such as Martha's Vineyard, will be impacted by climate change, with accelerated sea level rise, heavier rain storms and stormwater runoff, short-term drought and wildfire risk, and a myriad of habitat changes.

The Climate Change section of the MVC website is in five sections.
  • Worldwide and Local Climate Change: gives general background about climate change and explains why we are focusing on climate change adaptation.
  • Sea-Level Rise:  looks at projections for sea-level rise on Martha's Vineyard, what the impacts could be on critical infrastructure, roads, and wetlands, and what we can do about this.
  • Rainfall and Stormwater: looks at the impacts of projected increases in rainfall and the challenges this presents for stormwater management.
  • Drought and Wildfire: looks at vulnerability to drought and wildfire and potential mitigation measures.
  • Habitat Change: looks at some of the potential impacts of climate change on local habitats such as saltmarshes.  


  • Hazard Mitigation Plan for Dukes County  The 2015 update of the Island’s Hazard Mitigation Plan for Dukes County was completed by MVC staff working closely with various town staff and other concerned groups and individuals. The plan seeks to identify areas susceptible to natural disaster such as wind, water, fire; to assess the risk to natural, and man-made resources and to people; and to recommend measure to minimize the negative effects of such disasters should they occur. This revision of the plan includes an initial look at the potential impacts of sea-level rise. The plan has been approved by the Massachusetts and federal emergency management agencies, MEMA and FEMA, and adopted by the seven towns. The towns are eligible for 75% funding for mitigation measures to lessen the potential impacts of natural hazards. For each town's maps, click below:
  • Aquinnah Maps
  • Chilmark Maps
  • Edgartown Maps
  • Gosnold Maps
  • Oak Bluffs Maps
  • Tisbury Maps
  • West Tisbury Maps

Office location:

Office location:

The Stone Building
33 New York Avenue
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Telephone: 508-693-3453
Fax: 508-693-7894

Mailing Address

Mailing address:

Martha's Vineyard Commission
P.O. Box 1447
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

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