Surging Seas Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central

Sea Level Rise & Social Vulnerability Workshop: Pensacola, FL

Sea Level Rise, Coastal Flood Risk, and Social Vulnerability Workshop
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Hyatt Place Pensacola Airport


  • Jacqueline Patterson, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
  • Dr. Jacqueline Smith, Chair, ECJ Committee NAACP Houston Branch
  • Dan Rizza, Program on Sea Level Rise, Climate Central



Jacqui Patterson, NAACP | NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program | Download Slides

Carrie Stevenson, Coastal Sustainability Agent, UF/IFAS Extension, Escambia County | Presentation on Pensacola Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Task Force | Download Slides

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

Christian Wagley, Sustainable Town Concepts, Pensacola, Florida

Group Discussion / Q&A:
- How has or could your community be impacted by sea level rise?
- What aspects of this information do you think you or others might use? 
- What makes it hard to address current or future inundation risk in communities? 

Tools Café: Surging Seas Risk Finder. Explore the potential impacts where your communities are located and see how you might use the tool to better understand and communicate these risks.

Wrap-up and Next Steps — Jacqueline Patterson, Dr. Jacqueline Smith, Dan Rizza, Carrie Stevenson and Christian Wagley



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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