Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central


Commitment to Release Surging Seas for All Coastal States

Published 3/19/14

Surging Seas 2.0 March 19, 2014 Concurrent with today’s launch of the federal Climate Data Initiative, Climate Central is proud to publish its own commitment to launching the next generation of its Surging Seas web tool and analysis for every coastal state in the U.S. The tool has been launched so far for Alabama, California, Delaware, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C. Surging Seas… More »

Major Expansion of Surging Seas Launched

Published 10/23/13

Surging Seas Risk Finder An interactive searchable data toolkit that shows populations, infrastructure, and assets exposed to coastal flooding aggravated by sea level rise. The Risk Finder incorporates the latest, high-resolution, high-accuracy lidar elevation data supplied by NOAA and assesses exposure of over 100 infrastructure and other elements — from airports to road miles, from schools to hospitals to wastewater treatment plants — in order to allow users to explore vulnerability from zip code through city, county and state levels. It provides the ability to compare risk across areas, as well as the ability to analyze the likelihood… More »

Rising Seas a Real Threat to New Jersey

Published 7/10/12

By Ben Strauss & Robert Kopp July 10, 2012 Note: First published in The Newark Star-Ledger & NJVoice The sea isn’t flat and, with a warming climate, it’s not expected to rise at the same rate everywhere. Using the science that tells us how much and how quickly it will rise is critical to making policy decisions that protect our coastal communities and our economy. The northeastern United States is particularly vulnerable to sea-level rise caused by the slowing of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation — the “ocean conveyor belt” that carries heat from… More »

Senate Hearing Focuses on Threat of Sea Level Rise

Published 4/19/12

New Report: Sea Level Rise Threatens Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities (PDF) Watch: Ben Strauss' Senate Testimony Watch: Archived webcast of Senate hearing Read: Ben Strauss' Senate testimony Read: Senate testimony of five witnesses  By Andrew Freedman Sea level rise poses an increasingly grave threat to coastal energy facilities and communities during the course of the next several decades, with some impacts already evident, according to testimony delivered Thursday before a rare Senate hearing on climate science. The hearing, held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, focused on the challenges posed by sea level rise,… More »

Senate Testimony on Sea Level Rise by Climate Central’s Ben Strauss

Published 4/19/12

Testimony for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, April 19, 2012 Presented by Benjamin H. Strauss New Report: Sea Level Rise Threatens Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities (PDF) News: Senate Hearing Focuses on Threat of Sea Level Rise Watch: Archived webcast of Senate hearing Read: Senate testimony of five witnesses Good morning, Senator Bingaman and colleagues. Thank you for your attention to this important topic. I am Dr. Ben Strauss, coauthor of two recent peer-reviewed papers making an assessment of sea level risk to the lower 48 states, as well as the summary report submitted with my written testimony. I… More »