Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Sea Level Tools Released in Spanish

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 Finder, Risk Zone Map and Mapping Choices — provide maps, sea-level projections, flood risk projections and detailed exposure analyses for every coastal zip code, municipality, county, and congressional district in the contiguous U.S. These tools help citizens, communities and policymakers understand, respond to and communicate about the coastal threats that climate change is aggravating.

Coastal stakeholders have downloaded Surging Seas maps and analyses tens of thousands of times for planning, risk assessments, policy analyses, and making presentations. Overall, Surging Seas has achieved more than 100 million page views.