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Sea Level Rise Viewer
https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slr

NOAA Office for Coastal Management, NOAA

This web mapping tool allows users to investigate impacts of sea level rise. Data is included from across the United States at different scales. Various timelines and sea level rise projections can be explored.

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Middle School: 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
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Climate science improves informed policy and decision-making
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Strategies of human adaptation to climate change
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Actions taken by different levels of society can mitigate climate change and increase preparedness for current and future generations
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Humans can take action
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Climate models are robust enough to be used for guiding decision and actions as response to climate change
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Our understanding of climate
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Sea level rise and resulting impacts is due to melting ice and thermal expansion and increases the risk
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Climate change has consequences
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Teacher should become familiar with the tool before using it in the classroom.
  • Creating an activity that uses tool would be beneficial to guide student learning about sea level.
  • Story maps are included as an additional tool on the visualization homepage.

About the Science

  • This web mapping tool visualizes community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 6 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.
  • Features of this tool: Visualize potential impacts from sea level rise through maps and photos; Learn about data and methods through documentation; Share maps and links via email and social media
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - This visualization tool allows the user to see potential impacts from sea level rise through maps and photos on a community level
    - Provides federal, state, and local coastal resource managers and planners with a preliminary look at sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts
    - Mapping methods include: Sea Level Rise Inundation, Inundation Uncertainty, Marsh Migration Due to Sea Level Rise, Social Vulnerability Index, Coastal Flood Frequency
    - Additional links to related data, tools, stories and training with regards to the tool
    - Easy to navigate
    Suggestions:
    Should be noted that the tool only encapsulates the United States and U.S. territories.

About the Pedagogy

  • This tool provides global digital visual information about current and future estimations (to the year 2100) to enhance learning about sea level change. Specific visualizations, with background information provided, include: Sea level rise; Local scenarios; Mapping confidence; Marsh mitigation; Vulnerability; Flood frequency.
  • This visualization would provide a method for students to investigate the impacts of sea level rise. Although it does not include specific lesson plans or teaching tools, this tool would enhance a lesson or unit where students can explore multiple datasets over many years. They also have a "local scenarios" feature that would help students develop plans for areas that will be impacted by future flooding.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The tool is intuitive to use and a short video (45 sec) and FAQ about the tool are provided. A tutorial for using the "local scenarios" section is also provided.
  • Pre-made data sets for select counties can be downloaded and visualizations can be shared through multiple social media formats.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Simulation/Interactive supports:

Middle School

Science and Engineering Practices: 1

Developing and Using Models

MS-P2.5:Develop and/or use a model to predict and/or describe phenomena.

High School

Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1

HS-ESS3.D1:Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

Cross Cutting Concepts: 2

Systems and System Models, Stability and Change

HS-C4.4:Models can be used to predict the behavior of a system, but these predictions have limited precision and reliability due to the assumptions and approximations inherent in models.

HS-C7.2:Change and rates of change can be quantified and modeled over very short or very long periods of time. Some system changes are irreversible.

Science and Engineering Practices: 2

Developing and Using Models, Analyzing and Interpreting Data

HS-P2.6:Develop and/or use a model (including mathematical and computational) to generate data to support explanations, predict phenomena, analyze systems, and/or solve problems.

HS-P4.1:Analyze data using tools, technologies, and/or models (e.g., computational, mathematical) in order to make valid and reliable scientific claims or determine an optimal design solution.


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