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Sea Level Tools Released in Spanish

Published 7/18/18

July 18, 2018 Detailed information is now available in Spanish for U.S. coastal communities on populations, infrastructure, and property at risk from rising sea levels and coastal floods, through a trio of Climate Central web tools. Hispanic communities are among those particularly affected by rising seas, with more than 280,000 Hispanics in the contiguous United States living on land less than 4 feet above high tide line. 53% percent of this group lives in Florida, including one-third in Miami-Dade County alone. Other highly affected areas include San Mateo County, Cal., Broward County, Fla. and New York, NY. Climate Central’s tools — Risk… More »

Surging Seas Community Rating System Guide Updated

Published 12/14/17

December, 2017 Climate Central identified many ways its web tools could be used to support activities that receive credit/points within FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) through conversations with local CRS coordinators and implementers, and with FEMA CRS representatives. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to access information and downloads from the Surging Seas web tool that could be utilized within specific CRS activities in FEMA’s 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual. Climate Central updated its guide to incorporate the 2017 edition of the CRS Coordinator’s Manual which includes more opportunities for users to gain… More »

Partnership with IDB Expands Risk Finder to Caribbean

Published 11/1/17

November, 2017 Risk Finder is now expanded to include most Caribbean islands, plus Suriname and Guyana, using Climate Central's high-accuracy CoastalDEM elevation data. These additions were made possible async through support and collaboration from the Inter-American Development Bank.  Climate Central's Surging Seas Risk Finder aims to provide citizens, communities and policymakers with easily accessible, science-based, local information to help you understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding. This interactive toolkit includes maps, local sea level and flood risk projections, and potential impacts for land, population, internet infrastructure, and other variables. It analyzes… More »

Extreme Sea Level Rise Mapped in 3D

Published 4/27/17

April 27, 2017 In January 2017, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published updated sea level scenarios for the United States. They included a new extreme scenario that would mean roughly 8 feet of global average sea level rise by 2100, but 10-12 feet along almost all U.S. shores outside of Alaska. Scientists consider the scenario unlikely, but increasingly plausible, especially with continued high emissions of greenhouse gases. Yesterday, Climate Central released a suite of new maps, visuals and analyses fleshing out the implications: Read our report, Extreme Sea Level Rise and the Stakes for America Tour our interactive 3D map, using the new… More »

New Animated Map Shows How Warming Could Shrink the World’s Coasts

Published 11/1/16

November 1, 2016 Climate Central has launched its first animated map, Seeing Choices, which allows viewers to see the long-term sea levels locked in by different amounts of carbon pollution, contrasting scenarios of 0°C through 4°C of global warming.  Based on recent scientific research, this global interactive tool builds upon our prior work and aims to focus attention on the urgency of moving away from fossil fuels to protect the stability of the world’s climate. Every fraction of a degree of global warming sets in motion sea level rise that will profoundly threaten coastal cities across the… More »