New Products Provide an Interactive Guide to Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States

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A geo-narrative and accompanying data viewer provide users a new way to visualize 2017 sea-level rise scenarios originally generated for the National Climate Assessment (NCA).

USGS researchers are pleased to announce the release of two new products developed through the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Hazard Scenarios and Tools Interagency Task Force convened by the U.S. Ocean Policy Committee and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

The products, a geo-narrative and accompanying data viewer, provide users a new way to visualize 2017 sea-level rise scenarios originally generated for the National Climate Assessment (NCA). “The initial work of the interagency task force was to get robust scenario data generated and published to synchronize with the NCA schedule. This subsequent effort provides users with information and a tool to visualize, interact with, and explore the data,” said Erika Lentz, a USGS Research Geologist and an author on the new products.

The Sea-Level Change Data Viewer provides access to the sea-level rise scenarios at tide gauge locations throughout the U.S. Users can explore singular or multiple scenarios through time to examine the full suite potential sea-levels for specific locations. The Sea Level Change Geo-narrative provides important context for understanding the scenarios and how they were generated using information from the original sea-level rise scenario report.

USGS researchers Zafer Defne and Richard Signell led the effort with Lentz to develop the products, and worked in close coordination with William Sweet (NOAA) and Chris Weaver (USGCRP), who led the development of the scenario report. The geo-narrative and data viewer embedded within can be found at: http://arcg.is/1He0Tz.

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Date published: February 7, 2019

Sea-Level Change Geo-Narrative and Accompanying Data Viewer

A geo-narrative and accompanying data viewer provide users a new way to visualize 2017 sea-level rise scenarios originally generated for the National Climate Assessment (NCA).