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Surging Seas Risk Finder

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This is a multi-step, interactive tool for users to identify potential risks (to people, buildings, infrastructure, contamination, land) for selected coastal areas in the US, using scenarios of water level rising (as a result of tides, sea level rise, and storm surge) from 0-10 feet. Tool provides local, regional and national resources as guidance for managing risk.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Excellent resource for students examining potential impacts of rising waters on local coastal communities.
  • Have students use the full-feature map instead of the default map. Other aspects of local flood risk are featured in this view.
  • Direct students to begin their exploration by resetting the water level to "show current coast." Then have them increase sea level by 1 or 2 feet to explore the changes/flooding that will occur in that region.
  • Educators should be familiar with the navigation and how students are going to interact with the visualization, before introducing the tool to students.

About the Content

  • This tool allows users to explore sea level and coastal flood risks at any location in the US.
  • Risks to population, property, and landmarks are listed.
  • Flood levels can be adjusted so that each stage of flooding can be studied.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - A wide variety of detailed information provided from population to infrastructure damage projections
    - Many cities are in the database
    - Visual tools
    - Links to other, more detailed information
    - "Reducing your risk" resource is fantastic
    - The local resources provided based on the coastal city you enter

    -Would be super helpful if there was more information on the science behind sea level rise.
  • About the Pedagogy

    • Tool is designed primarily for communities and policymakers but can be used as a resource for the classroom, with students acting as members of a community charged with understanding the risks of sea level rise (and associated rising of water levels) and proposing adaptation/mitigation strategies.
    • Guidance to instructors is not provided.
    • Local fact sheets and reports can be downloaded for each location selected.

    Technical Details/Ease of Use

    • Tool is easy to use.
    Entered the Collection: April 2018 Last Reviewed: April 2017

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