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Our Coast, Our Future Interactive Sea Level Map

Our Coast Our Future

Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) is a collaborative, user-driven project focused on providing coastal California resource managers and land use planners locally relevant, online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Have students watch the flood map tutorials first. http://data.pointblue.org/apps/ocof/cms/index.php?page=tutorials.
  • Go through an example, using the steps in the left menu bar on the flood map page, to walk through with students to familiarize them with the tool's capabilities.
  • For use in high school for students with a background in GIS. May be a challenge for middle school students.

About the Science

  • The primary tool of this resource is an Interactive flood map for coastal California (flooding due to sea level rise, waves, and storm surge) with multiple flooding, sea level rise, and storm surge scenarios at a given location chosen by user.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Extent of area covered by this resource is intended to be expanded to the entire California coast.
  • Zoom capability enables close examination to details of areas that are vulnerable to flooding.
  • Scale can be in feet or cm.
  • Many other layers can be added (digital elevation, protected area, cliff and shoreline retreat, etc.).
  • Resource includes the following features: 1) Seamless Digital Elevation Model (DEM) at 2-meter horizontal resolution; 2)Combination of 40 different sea level rise and storm scenarios, plus a King Tide scenario for San Francisco Bay, using the USGS CoastalStorm Modeling System (CoSMoS).
  • Online and downloadable data access tailored to users.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Technical quality excellent.
  • Currently the tool includes outputs for the north-central California coast (from approximately Half Moon Bay north to Point Arena) and the San Francisco Bay. Southern California (from Point Conception south to the Mexican border) will be coming online in Winter 2016 (as of May 2017).

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