Link to external tool
Use in decision framework
Climate Central’s Surging Seas global Risk Zone Map provides the ability to explore inundation risk up to 30 meters across the world’s coastlines as well as local sea level rise projections at over 1,000 tide gauges on 6 continents. Map areas below the selected water level are displayed as satellite imagery shaded in blue indicating vulnerability to flooding from combined sea level rise, storm surge, and tides, or to permanent submergence by long-term sea level rise. Map areas above the selected water level are shown in map style using white and pale grays. The map is searchable by city, state, postal code, and other location names. The map is embeddable, and users can customize and download map screenshots using the camera icon in the top right of the screen.
- Location (city)
- Sea level rise
The interface is very user-friendly: one can search for a city, is shown the map of that city and can adjust a slider to show the inundation effects for that city at various sea levels.
Output of the tool is a downloadable map showing satellite imagery shaded in blue indicating vulnerability to flooding from combined sea level rise, storm surge, and tides, or to permanent submergence by long-term sea level rise.
The research behind the Risk Zone Map is based on peer-reviewed science. That 2012 analysis used the best available U.S. national coverage elevation dataset at the time. Risk Zone Map now uses far more accurate laser-based (lidar) elevation data in the U.S.
The tool sis developed by the USA organisation Climate Central, a non-profit research and journalism organization providing authoritative, science-based information to help the public and policymakers make sound decisions about climate and energy.
Conditions for use
The tool is free to use.