Surging Seas Maps Sea Level Rise in Coastal U.S.

by Matt Ball on March 15, 2012

A new online site called Surging Seas from Climate Central maps the impact of climate change and sea level rise in coastal areas of the United States. The online and interactive map displays the potential impacts of 2 to 7 more feet of sea level rise that is possible this century, which will impact the nearly 5 million people that live at less than 4 feet above high tide. The map accompanies a report that looks at the impact of sea level rise and the risk from storm surges, with an estimate of the land, housing and population that are vulnerable.

A few shocking statistics from the report include:

  • In 285 municipalities, more than half the population lives below the 4-foot mark
  • In 676 towns and cities more than 10% of the population lives below the 4-foot mark

The Surging Seas website includes maps, reports, fact sheets, as well as downloadable data for all the cities, counties and states studied and links to dozens of local, state and national planning documents for coping with rising seas.

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