Q: Can you please make me aware of the most recent NOAA documents/predictions regarding sea level rise?
A: As you might imagine, there are a lot of resources on this subject and NOAA has different offices that specialize in different aspects of sea level rise science, data, tools, and resources. Below are a few resources that may help you but please don’t consider this list all inclusive.
Latest on SLR Science from the 4th National Climate Assessment Volume 1, Climate Science Special Report. Volume 2: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States should be coming out in December.
Sea Level observational data including trends, extreme water levels, high tide flooding, etc..
Current water levels and inundation histories –
Quick Facts from NOS, including educational resources
Satellite Altimetry Data (global sea surface heights)
Government Resources (links to Case Studies and Tools) – not just NOAA
Overview of SLR Science
Visualize Impacts and Get Data for Assessment
Overall NOAA SLR topics:
Q: I’d like to see the recorded sea levels for South Florida, Miami and other cities from the oldest measurement to the latest. For example, in 1950 (or when they started recording them) what was the recorded sea level (high and low tide). I’d like to see the recorded history at whatever interval it is measured through the most recent levels.
A: For information on historical trends for sea level, please visit NOAA’s Tides and Currents website.
You will notice the record stops in 1981. The tide gauge was moved from Miami Beach to the University of Miami Rosenstiel campus on Virginia Key. In order to establish a statistically significant trend there has to be > 30 years of data. The new Virginia Key gauge doesn’t have that much data yet. (established in 1994)
There are a bunch of resources on the SLR trends homepage.
Q: Hello, is it possible to know the sea level during a hurricane?
The short answer is yes. NOAA National Hurricane Center provides forecasts of storm surge for hurricanes. Storm surge resources from NHC can be accessed here. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/
Also NOAA provides real-time measurement of water levels during landfalling storms. These “quicklook” products can be accessed here.
Q: How many times has NOAA updated it’s sea level rise projections from report OAR CPO-1 (Parris et. al, 2012) ? When was the last one?
Q: I have been asked about my opinion about the Gulf of Mexico water levels and how they affect coastal living. Can you direct me to where I can get accurate and current information?
And maps showing impacts of SLR for the Gulf of Mexico here.
Q: Greetings, Just wondering who to contact regarding rising sea water levels on the Oregon coast? Appreciate your efforts in helping as we need this information as soon as possible
A: We have a mapping application that shows potential impacts from various sea level rise increments here. If you have further questions about SLR in Oregon please feel free to contact me.
Q: My husband and I are relocating and are trying to make the wisest decision about where to buy. Any advice is welcome. I have a lot of information about the the rainfall totals from prior hurricanes and am also concerned about the reliability and location of dams. We are moving from an area that is 20 miles inland and we carry flood insurance. How do we choose? Developers can change the drainage leading to frightening consequences for buyers.
A: Thank you for your interest in Digital Coast. We have a couple tools that can help you determine if your community is at risk of coastal and inland flooding for coastal counties.
Our SLR Viewer
will show you if the property is at risk from coastal flood or future sea level.
Unfortunately Wilson, NC is outside of the area we cover in both of these tools. I recommend you use FEMA’s Map Service Center to see if you are in the 1% chance floodplain (Special Flood Hazard Area).
Type in your address and then click on view map.