Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central


New Map Tool and Widgets: What’s Your Coastal Flood Risk?

Published 3/8/12

By Michael D. Lemonick This is the first map ever created that lets you see the combined coastal flood threat from sea level rise and storm surge, town by town and city by city from Maine to the State of Washington. Just type in your Zip code or the name of your community, choose a water level anywhere from 1 to 10 feet above the current high-tide line, and you can see what areas might be at risk of flooding from water that high. You can also go to any one of 55 tide gauges we studied around the country, and see the… More »

The Surging Seas Story

Published 3/8/12

By Michael D. Lemonick Looking back, it should have been obvious that the Surging Seas project was a perfect fit for Climate Central. Our mission is to bring home the threats posed by climate change — and sea level rise is high on that list.  Ben Strauss The truth, however, is that Surging Seas came about largely by accident. In 2009, Climate Central scientist Ben Strauss was putting together a multimedia project on melting ice in Greenland, and thought a good way to illustrate the problem would be to talk about the ice-melt danger to specific American cities, by way… More »

Coverage of Report Inundates the Nation

Published 3/7/12

Climate Central’s “Surging Seas” has been featured by media across the country. Stories inspired by the March 2012 report and website have appeared in more than 800 broadcast reports, radio programs, and print and online publications, a total that is still growing. That includes featured coverage by the New York Times, The Associated Press, Reuters, NBC Nightly News, CBS News, CNN and PBS NewsHour, plus widespread local coverage. The following represent some of what those news outlets have had to say about the report: Watch the video on how Surging Seas was covered nationally New York Times Rising… More »

Video Resources for Broadcasters

Published 3/5/12

As part of the launch of Surging Seas, we’ve created a broadcast-quality video and are making available the raw B-ROLL and SOT elements for any station that would like to re-edit the package. The video and interviews supplied are ALL ACCESS and have NO RESTRICTIONS. RAW VIDEO SPECS: QuickTime .mov h.264 codec 1280 X 720p resolution Watch the edited video here or above Right-Click here to download raw SOTS (610MB) Right-Click here to download raw B-ROLL (455MB) Right-Click here to download raw interview subject setup B-ROLL (133MB) Broadcast Script  (For questions regarding rights to use any still photography,… More »

Florida Counties Unite To Prepare for Climate Change

Published 1/12/12

By Michael D. Lemonick If you worry about the looming risk posed by climate change, it’s easy to start feeling hopeless. Last month, the UN’s COP-17 climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, ended with little more than a commitment to keep working toward a new agreement to limit emissions, which might or might not eventually be ratified. In the U.S., at the national level, many politicians won’t even talk about climate change. Many of those who do it claim they’re not convinced — even though the vast majority of climate scientists… More »