Surging Seas

Surging Seas is an online mapping tool designed to visualize sea level rise and costal flood hazards across the United States. For specific regions sea level and storm surge effects, damage predictions, and a calculated social vulnerability index are shown.

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Model Information
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Spatial Resolution
The spatial resolution is based on topographic data defined by the NOAA elevation maps.
Temporal Resolution
The simulation time step is on the decadal scale. The model is intended for long term sea level rise accuracy rather than short term event based accuracy.
Outputs generated include coastal inundation maps, sea level rise predictions, flood risk metrics and social vulnerability metrics.
Intended User
practitioner, decision maker
Model Type
risk communication
Inclusion of Climate Change
Climate scenarios built-in to the model.
Geographic Region
Data Requirements
all data sets built in
Source Code Availability
closed source
Computational Burden
Scenario Modeling
scenarios by hand only
Coding Language
Operating System
not applicable
Mathematical Approach
Maintenance Plan
Date of Last Known Update
not available
User Manual
go to documentation at not available