Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Events

Flood Insurance Session at Coastal GeoTools Conference in Charleston, SC

Climate Central presented its Surging Seas CRS Guide in a Special Interest Meeting at Coastal GeoTools (Session 7) on February 6, 2017, in Charleston, SC. Climate Central presented alongside NOAA, TNC, and ASFPM, who have also developed web tools, guides, or resources for CRS coordinators. The Coastal GeoTools conference focuses on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals.

The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP’s) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. In exchange for a community’s proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings in the community.

Climate Central has identified many ways the Surging Seas web tool could be used to support activities that receive points within the CRS.

 

Sea Level Rise, Coastal Flood Risk, and Social Vulnerability Workshop in Gulfport, MS

Climate Central, EEECHO, and NAACP co-led a sea level rise workshop on October 17, 2016 in Gulfport, Mississippi for NAACP environmental officers and community stakeholders from across the Gulf state region.

The workshop included presentations by individuals from Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program, Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In the afternoon participants tried out two sea level rise and coastal flood risk web tools: Surging Seas Risk Finder and NOAA's Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

The event was covered by Fox News 25.

 

South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Coral Gables, FL

Climate Central presented at the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s February 10, 2016 Luncheon: How Sea Level Rise & Storm Surges Are Affecting Our Economy? along with representatives from Union of Concerned Scientists, Moms Clean Air Force, and Florida International University. The event was moderated by NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist, John Morales, and introduced by the Chief of Staff of Florida Congressman Curbelo.

More than 80 business leaders from South Florida attended. Panelists discussed sea level rise science and the current and potential future impacts of storm surge and rising seas to South Florida and its economy.

 

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium Climate Outreach Community of Practice

Climate Central participated in the “Tools Café” of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium's Climate Outreach Community of Practice April 2016 Meeting. We demonstrated Surging Seas Risk Finder and discussed with planners the ways in which the public web tool could be utilized within FEMA's Community Rating System.

The Climate Community of Practice brings together extension, outreach and education professionals and community officials in the Gulf to learn how coastal communities can adapt to sea-level rise, precipitation changes and other climate-related issues.

 

Flood Risk, Sea Level Rise, and Social Vulnerability Workshop in Houston, TX

NAACP and Climate Central held a Flood Risk, Sea Level Rise, and Social Vulnerability Workshop on September 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas that was attended by NAACP environmental officers and community stakeholders from across the region.

The workshop included presentations by individuals from the Texas Coastal Watershed Program and Texas Sea Grant, Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise and NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program, as well as the Flood Czar of Houston. 

Following the Q&A panel and discussion, participants tried out two sea level rise and coastal flood risk web tools: Surging Seas Risk Finder and the Community Health and Resources Management mapping application (CHARM).

 

2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit at The College of New Jersey

Dr. Benjamin Strauss, Vice President for Sea Level and Climate Impacts at Climate Central was keynote speaker at the 2016 New Jersey Sustainability Summit at The College of New Jersey.

Over 300 members of the public attended, including mayors, municipal and school district staff, environmental commission and state agency employees,  and  academic, business and non-profit leaders.

 

Weather+Climate Day at Baltimore National Aquarium

Climate Central presented its Surging Seas web tools at Weather+Climate Day at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

The event was organized by Maryland's leading environmental agencies and non-profit organizations to help students learn more about climate change and how it will influence their futures. The nearly 5,000 visitors to the Aquarium passed through the climate exhibits and had the opportunity to view presentations by Maryland’s weathercasters.

 

Sea Level Rise Risk and Social Vulnerability Luncheon, Wilmington, NC 

NAACP and Climate Central held a Sea Level Rise Risk and Social Vulnerability Luncheon on April 30, 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina that was attended by NAACP environmental officers and community stakeholders from across the region.

The workshop included presentations by individuals from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington, Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise and NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

Following lunch, participants tried out the sea level rise and coastal flood risk web tool, Surging Seas Risk Finder to explore risk and impacts in their areas.

 

Arctic Matters Day at National Academy of Sciences 

Climate Central presented its Surging Seas web tools at Arctic Matters Day, a free public symposium held by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC on January 14, 2016.

Arctic Matters is public engagement initiative designed to increase awareness of the dramatic changes affecting the Arctic region and the many potential impacts that such changes can have on people and places around the world.

Representatives from the governmental, non-profit, private, and educational sectors attended.

 

Google Portal at Paris Climate Conference

Climate Central presented Surging Seas Mapping Choices at the Google Portal, a central gathering space in the Climate Generations area of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

Visitors had an interactive experience with our Maps, Fly-overs, and Images and got to see the places that meant the most to them mapped on the big screen.

 

Climate Central and The CLEO Institute Offer Joint Climate and Sea Level Rise Training 

On July 15, 2015, Climate Central and The CLEO Institute offered a half-day workshop on climate change and sea level rise to South Florida community leaders. Workshop attendees gained a better understanding of basic climate science, seriousness and solutions. A wide range of stakeholders participated in the workshop, including those from municipal emergency management offices, advocacy groups, Florida universities, the broadcast community, and locally elected officials.

The CLEO Institute is a Miami-based climate education organization that provides Climate Leadership Trainings to officials and stakeholders who want to be educated, engaged, and able to communicate on the issue of climate change.

"CLEO simplifies climate science, seriousness and solutions for a lay public and this tool helps folks in South Florida understand their vulnerability. Showcasing Climate Central’s Surging Seas web tool allows CLEO to provide our trainees meaningful data on SLR and visual cues on inundation predictions for local areas. More and more South Floridians are asking about climate vulnerability and resilience planning, and this tool is a gold mine, Thank you Climate Central." 

     - Caroline Lewis, Executive Director, The CLEO Institute

 

Climate Central, NAACP, and NOAA Offer Joint Training on Sea Level Rise

On August 22, 2015, Climate Central, NAACP, and NOAA co-led a workshop in Gulfport, Mississippi for NAACP environmental officers from across the Gulf state region. The training occurred as part of NAACP's Hurricane Katrina 10th anniversary commemoration summit, “Sunshine After the Storm.”

Climate Central and NOAA each demonstrated their online web tools and provided screening-level analysis of sea level rise and coastal flood risk. In addition to navigating the web tools themselves, attendees participated in group discussions and feedback sessions. 

Building on this workshop, NAACP incorporated Surging Seas analysis and maps into their state-level reports that form the basis for organizational priority setting and action plans.   

“Given the pre-existing vulnerabilities in many of the communities we serve, the partnership with Climate Central is critical in preparing communities for the challenges facing them as it relates to sea level rise. Together, we are enabling communities to plan for various impact scenarios and design mitigation strategies that work for their contexts.”

    - Jacqui Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP

To learn more, view NAACP's blog entry about this sea level rise workshop, and NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

 

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