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Major Expansion of Surging Seas Launched

Published 10/23/13

October 23, 2013 We're proud to announce the launch of our interactive data toolkit, the Surging Seas Risk Finder. It 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 of coastal flood and sea level threats occurring in… 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 »

Sea Level Rise Threatens Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities

Published 4/18/12

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: Ben Strauss' Senate testimony Read: Senate testimony of five witnesses  Description: Coastal energy facilities threatened by sea level rise and coastal flooding. Date: April 19, 2012 Full PDF of Report Summary: Sea level rise from global warming is well on the way to doubling the risk of coastal floods 4 feet or more over high tide by 2030 at locations nationwide. In the lower 48 states, nearly 300 energy facilities stand on land… More »

Senate Hearing on Thursday for Sea Level Rise

Published 4/18/12

By Climate Central 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: Ben Strauss' Senate testimony Read: Senate testimony of five witnesses  Politicians don’t talk much about climate change these days, but Thursday will be an exception. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, chaired by Jeff Bingaman (D, N.M), will hold hearings into the impact of sea level rise on U.S. infrastructure. The significance of these impacts has become increasingly… More »