Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Sea Level Rise & Social Vulnerability Workshop: Eastern Shore, MD

Flood Risk, Sea Level Rise, and Social Vulnerability Workshop
Saturday, August 26, 2017
The Henson Hotel and Conference Center, University of Maryland Eastern Shore


Jacqueline Patterson, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
Dr. Jacqueline Smith,  Consultant, NAACP Life Member
Dan Rizza, Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central
Nishia Nieves, Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central


Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP | Social Vulnerability/NAACP ECJ Program | Download Slides

Dr. Donald Boesch, President and Professor of marine science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Vice Chancellor, Environmental Sustainability for the University System of MarylandWhat can we do to slow the rate of sea-level rise?

Tools Café

Dan Rizza, Climate Central | Overview of Surging Seas Risk Finder Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Risk Web Tool (

Darlene Finch, NOAA | Overview of NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer and Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

Wrap-up and Next Steps — Jacqueline Patterson, Dan Rizza, Nishia Nieves, Jacqueline Smith, Darlene Finch, Dr. Donald Boesch


Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise works jointly with the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice (ECJ) Program and local partners to conduct workshops on sea level rise, coastal flood risk, and social vulnerability.

These workshops provide NAACP environmental leaders, NAACP branch presidents, and other stakeholders with information, tools, and science regarding the risks posed by rising seas and coastal flooding. Additionally, each workshop connects attendees with resources and experts available to them in their states or communities as they work to prepare for sea level rise and coastal flood risk.

Presenters have included officials from NOAA, Sea Grant, FEMA, NAACP, and Climate Central as well as leading scientists, state/county/municipal planners, and resilience officers. Attendees participate in interactive demonstrations of sea level rise and coastal flood web tools by Climate Central, NOAA, and others. Many workshops have included planning sessions in which attendees build out their own local level action plans.

Funding to support Climate Central's workshop efforts is provided by the Kresge Foundation and other foundations.

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