RESOURCES AND TOOLS
Models and Projections
Access models showing the effects of sea level rise on
regional resources (natural and built) as well as projections and calculations
of sea level rise trends.
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sea-Level
Change Curve Calculator
- The USACE
calculator was developed in collaboration with the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS) and is used to compute both the USACE and NOAA
rates of sea level change.
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association
(NOAA) Sea Level Trends
- NOAA’s Sea Level Trends data provides
measurements of the rise/fall in Mean Sea Level (MSL) from each of
its128 tide stations around the US. Their interactive map allows you to
obtain graphical data (e.g., linear trend, average seasonal cycle
and inter-annual variation) from specific tide stations.
- Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)
- SLAMM provides simulations of the impacts
of sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines and was developed by NOAA’s
Digital Coast program, which is part of the Office for Coastal
- Hazus is a FEMA methodology for estimating the
physical, economic and social impacts of disasters (e.g., earthquakes,
wind, and flooding). It is used by government planners, GIS specialists
and emergency managers for preparedness and response as well as
mitigation and recovery.
Maps and Viewers
Experiment with sea level rise viewers that map the regional
and state-wide impacts of sea level rise to critical
infrastructure and to the transportation and emergency management
sectors within our region’s most vulnerable areas. Understanding
these trends can help with prioritizing plans for responding to and
protecting residents, infrastructure and the environment.
- University of Florida Sea Level Rise Viewer
- The UF sea level rise viewer uses data
from the NOAA Coastal Services Center to identify vulnerable
infrastructure and census block groups under three different sea level
rise scenarios: low (1 foot), medium (2 feet) and high (5 feet).
- University of Florida
Sketch Planning Tool
- This tool, created by UF’s GeoPlan Center (with funding from the Florida
Department of Transportation’s Office of Policy Planning)
identifies transportation infrastructure that is potentially at
risk from projected sea level rise.
Bay Estuary Program Sea Level Rise Visualization Tool
- This tool provides data and maps that
illustrate the affects of potential sea level
rise on estuarine habitats in the Tampa Bay area.
Geological Survey Coastal Change Hazards Portal
- Use this interactive map viewer to explore
short-and long-term changes to beaches and shorelines. This portal also
provides a coastal vulnerability index and shoreline change
Review tidal datum from the St. Petersburg, Florida
station and access reports for tides and water levels
showing extreme water levels, exceedence probability
curves and seasonal variation of exceedence
- NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
- This viewer is a web-based map that
provides access to data and information about storm surge, flooding and
sea level rise. Users can simulate various sea level rise scenarios, from
one foot to six feet, and zoom in to see individual buildings, use a
“confidence” tool to identify flood-prone areas, and a “vulnerability”
function to identify people at most risk.
Reports and Best Practices
Read about best practices for incorporating sea level rise data
into conservation efforts, hazard mitigation, surface water management, water
quality, and planning and education about climate change and adaptation.
Access tools to support sea level rise planning and policy, ranging from
community resilience assessments and sketch planning programs
to infrastructure planning and economic modeling.
- Community Resilience Index
- The CRI allows community leaders to
discuss and assess the impacts of storms and ability to recover from
storm damage in their communities. The Index involves six main
categories: critical infrastructure, transportation, community plans and
agreements, mitigation measures, business plans and social systems.
- Digital Coast Data Sets
- Access data sets from NOAA’s Office of
Coastal Management on a variety of data types (e.g., economic,
demographic, ocean uses and planning areas) in locations throughout the
- Upload a photo of your coastline and
create a vision of the future by adding objects – rising water, docks,
buildings, etc. – to the photo to simulate what future change may
- Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP)
- Use this online data viewer to search for
specific types of land cover changes and determine trends in size and
- By clicking on a tidal station, access
data on the frequency and duration of observed high waters.
- Climate Resilience
Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)
- CREAT is
software designed to help drinking water and wastewater utilities
professionals understand potential climate change threats and to assess
risks to individual utilities. It features downscaled scenarios of
climate change and offers a range of potential scenarios to consider and
- National Stormwater
- The Stormwater
Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that provides an estimate of
the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from any specific
site in the US. It is a useful tool for site developers, urban planners,
landscape architects, etc.
Management Agency (FEMA)
- Flood Maps
- FEMA’s flood maps are the official public
source for flood hazard information. The site features other products and
tools detailing communities’ flood risk, including non-regulatory
products that provide a user-friendly analysis of flood risks for
property owners, community planners, developers
and other community decision makers.
The Nature Conservancy
- Coastal Resilience Tools, Apps & Training
- TNC’s mapping portal recently won the
Special Achievement in GIS Award (2015). This application is a web-based
mapping and visualization platform that allows users to interactively
examine storm surge, sea level rise and vulnerable communities and to develop risk and restoration strategies.
- TNC’s Coastal Resilience network consists
of 12 U.S. coastal states, four Latin American countries and three island
nations in the Caribbean. Applications feature a range of topics, from
coastal defense, habitat and restoration, to risk and community
planning. By clicking on a TNC marker
on the Coastal Resilience Map, you can access specific information about
Other Helpful Tools:
- Zofnass Economic Process Tool
- The Zofnass
tool is a platform that provides insight into the sustainability
externalities of infrastructure projects. It was developed at Harvard
University’s Zofnass Program for Sustainable
Infrastructure and is primarily for use by academic researchers.
- Zofnass Envision Interactive Model
Building Institute Role Play Simulations
- The role-play simulations offered by the
Consensus Building Institute (CBI) allow participants to assume
stakeholder and third-party roles while engaging in negotiations that
mirror real-life situations. Resources on responding to climate change
include “Role-Play Simulations on Managing Climate Change Risks,”
“Winning Public Support for Addressing Climate Change,” and “Making Tough
- Surging Seas Risk Finder
- This interactive searchable data toolkit
shows populations, infrastructure and assets that are vulnerable to
flooding and sea level rise. It uses LiDar data
from NOAA to assess the exposure of infrastructure and allows users to
explore vulnerability on a zip code, city, county, and state level.
- U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit for Coastal Flooding Risk
- The toolkit features filters such as
coastal flood risk, ecosystem vulnerability and water resources, as well
as a variety of functionalities (e.g., risk assessment, scenario
development and stakeholder engagement) that provide resources and tools
for responding to coastal flooding risks.
Vulnerability Index (SoVI)
- SoVI provides a geographic illustration
of the degree of social vulnerability of particular U.S. counties to
environmental hazards, revealing where resources might be used most
Management Tools Network
- Features decision-support tools, projects
and resources for coastal-marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based
management. It features information and resources in five areas:
tools, projects, resources, organizations and practitioners.