Viewing sea level rise
Developed by the NOAA Coastal Services Center, the sea level rise viewer offers access to data and information about the risks of sea level rise, storm surge, and flooding along the coastal United States. The Web-based map has the potential to help business owners and community planners—like New Jersey’s Ivar Johnson, whose bayside restaurant was damaged by Sandy last October—build (or rebuild) in a more resilient way.
The video below provides a virtual tour.
Produced by the Climate.gov video team: Ned Gardiner, Kurt Mann, Alicia Albee, and Bruce Sales.
NOAA’s sea level rise viewer allows community planners, city officials and coastal residents the opportunity to identify flood-prone locations in their area. This tool is distinct from those provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because, rather than focusing on what has flooded in the past, the sea level rise viewer shows potential future inundation from daily tides along U.S. coasts if global sea level rose up to six feet.
The tool offers hard-to-find data and information regarding the flood risks due to various possible scenarios of sea level rise. Community planners can assess what infrastructure is vulnerable under these conditions, and the tool enables business- and homeowners along the coasts can make decisions regarding their livelihoods and see how rising sea levels may affect them in the future.
Access the Tool
From the NOAA Coastal Services Center website, click the "Geospatial" link half way down the page. The sea level rise viewer appears under the “Featured Tools” section.
Access the tool's landing page directly. Once on the landing page, you can read more about the tool, see it in action, receive support, or go directly to the tool by clicking the “Get It Now” link.
- Video: First Time Tips for using the sea level rise viewer.
- Frequently asked questions about the sea level rise viewer.
- Video: After Sandy: Facing the Future
- Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery: Created by NOAA, in partnership with FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this tool was designed to help communities, residents, and other stakeholders consider risks from future sea level rise in planning for reconstruction following Sandy. The tool helps state and local officials, community planners, and infrastructure managers understand possible future flood risks from sea level rise, especially under extreme conditions similar to Sandy, and use that information in planning decisions.
- Digital Coast Webinar Series: Mapping and visualizing sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts.
- Report: Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States National Climate Assessment