Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Surging Seas

Thanks to Rich Beckman I've discovered Surging Seas, an interactive tool by Climate Central and Stamen. Living in Miami, the first thing I did was to play with this part of the project, and discover that our house would be threatened if sea level rises around 4-6 feet. Notice that you can explore plenty of states and cities, and overlay variables such as income, population density, etc., and download data sets. Impressive.


  1. Hi, Alberto,

    You might be interested in this short commentary that Eric Rodenbeck and I wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle:

    As we note in that piece, the significance of your simulated 4-foot sea-level rise is not just as an indicator of what areas will be permanently inundated if there is a 4-foot rise in sea level, which is not likely within our lifetimes. Areas like your neighborhood, however, may experience unprecedented annual flooding with the sea-level rise that is expected within the lifetimes of many people alive today.

    In the Bay Area, for example, 90,000 people now live in neighborhoods that are likely to experience annual flooding in the next 40 to 50 years. Those are neighborhoods you see just before landing when you fly into San Francisco.

    I'm sure parts of Florida, perhaps your neighborhood, will experience similar flooding. Let me know if you'd like me to send you the press releases from Climate Central that talk about our work with them and New America Media on the communities that will be affected in California. I'm sure you could get similar data for Florida from Climate Central.

    Thanks for the shout-out! And take care!

    Yours truly,


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  2. Thanks so much, Jon. Climate change "isn't abstract" indeed, as you wrote