Cape Cod, MA
San Juan Islands, WA
San Diego, CA
Locally Relevant Sea-Level Rise Projections
The Sentinel Site Cooperative Program and partners are proud to present a new resource for Extension and outreach professionals across the coastal United States.
What this website does:
This website allows users to quickly access sea-level rise projections for communities at the county and city level along U.S. coastlines. It also includes information on future high tide flooding associated with each sea-level rise scenario and the probabilities of exceeding each sea-level rise scenario.
How to use this information:
The data is assembled into a short two-page document that can guide conversations with coastal decision-makers and residents about how their coastline might change and how often they may experience future flooding.
Why this website is important:
Sea-level rise is negatively impacting our coastal communities and ecosystems, exacerbating and magnifying existing hazards. In many parts of the United States, sea-level rise is projected to be much higher than the global average. To effectively respond and prepare for these hazards, communities need local-level information about changes in sea level.
Accessing the data directly and printing the information:
For more technical users who want to pull the local rates and data there is a suite of downloadable resources with all the data in a data analysis helper. Simply enter the station in which you are interested, and all relevant data will be pulled from the database. There are also instructions on how to generate pdf two-pagers that have the same information as the website and the word template for the two-pagers. The instructions also provide background information on the calculations and data provided on the website.
Station Selection Map
- 1. Select a station
- Zoom into an area to identify what dots are closest to your area of interest.
- There are two types of stations that can be used NOAA tide gauges (white dots) and grid stations (black dots)
- White dots: the white dots represent NOAA tide gauges. White dot stations should be used to describe sea-level rise for the city where the tide gauge is located
- Black dots: the black dots describe a 1° latitude x 1° longitude area. When zoomed in you can see the gridded area that they describe. Black dot stations should be used to describe sea-level rise at the county level for any counties that are located wholly or partially within the respective grid area.
- 2. Click on a dot and then click “Generate Two-Pager”
- 3. Fill out form
- Enter location
- If you selected a white dot: this should be City, State. For example, station 1156 in coastal Alabama is a white dot, you would write “Dauphin Island, AL” for location.
- If you selected a black dot: this should be County, State. For example, the station in coastal Mississippi is a black dot, you would write “Hancock County, MS”.
- Fill in Local Organization/Resource for Sea-Level Rise: This can be any organization or the title of a relevant resource locally.
- Fill in Website: This refers to the website of the above-named organization/resource.
- 4. Select Generate
About this Project
This project is the result of a collaboration between the Sweet et al. 2017 study authors, the NOAA Sentinel Site Cooperative Program, and NOAA staff from NOAA Office for Coastal Management, National Geodetic Survey, Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services.
This website is one portion of a broader suite of resources that can be found at masgc.org/northern-gulf-of-mexico-sentinel-site-co/two-pager
Recommended citation for use of any portion of the SLR Two Pager Resource, including the Template, the Data Analysis Helper, and information contained within this website is: Collini, R., W. Sweet, C. Weaver, C. Roche, C. Fulford, N. Garfield, M. Hanisko, K. Hintzen, A. Luscher, D. Marcy, G. Scott, S. Spiegler, H. Stiller, T. Sudol. 2018. Sea Level Rise Two Pager Resource. masgc.org/northern-gulf-of-mexico-sentinel-site-co/two-pager
This website was developed by Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach.