Surging Seas Risk Finder
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This Simulation/Interactive builds on the following concepts of Climate Literacy.
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- 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 Science
- 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.
- 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.