SURGING SEAS by Climate Central

Climate Central recently updated their sea level rise and coastal flood risk tool Surging Seas by offering the new interactive mapping options to explore the sea level rise and flooding at different spatiotemporal scales: risk finder and risk zone map. This tools also support exploration of impacts on people, property, and infrastructure using 2010 U.S. Census data. The methodology utilizes lidar-based elevation data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and sea level rise projections based on protocol described in paper by Vermeer and Rahmstorf (2009).

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This visualization tool is designed to facilitate comprehension and exploration of circumstances under which relocation may emerge as a feasible adaptation option in coastal high-risk locations. Moreover, this communication tool supports learning of complexities and trade-offs associated with the possibility of relocation, as well as of dynamic interactions between the vulnerability to chronic and episodic coastal impacts, adaptive capacity to respond to these challenges, and the need for relocation. CRL is realized using Adobe Flash platform utilizing the intuitive logistic approach to establish main propositions and their associations visualized as a permutation of several different approaches to the same concept. Its artistic rendition is based on the key local scenario drivers affecting the relocation potential.

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