Find data and tools related to climate change and its impacts that can help inform, prepare, and strengthen America’s communities. This resource area is focused on providing easy access to data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise, and their impacts. Over time, this area will expand to include additional data and tools relevant to other important climate-related impacts, including risks to human health, the food supply, and energy infrastructure.
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The tools below may be helpful in analyzing and assessing the impact of climate in your community.
Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) Land Cover Atlas: Provides access to regional land cover and land cover change information.
CanVis: A visualization program used to “see” potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise.
Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT): Provides information on climate impacts to assist water utilities to assess future risks and vulnerabilities.
Coastal Change Hazards Portal: The U.S. Geological Survey is uncovering the science behind coastal change hazards and providing data, tools, and scientific knowledge to help coastal planners as they work to reduce risk along our coastlines.
Coastal County Snapshots: Turns complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.
Coastal Resilience: Delivers geospatial information on coastal ecosystems, socioeconomics, community vulnerability, and coastal hazards (including sea level rise and storm surge) via an internet mapping application that is a data viewer, data discovery tool, and a future scenario mapper.
Digital Coast: Provides relevant data and tools necessary to assess coastal management issues such as coastal inundation, offshore renewable energy planning, coastal wetlands conservation, and sea level rise adaptation.
Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network Database: Search or browse to find tools for coastal and marine management and conservation projects, case studies of projects that have used tools, potential collaborators, and other resources.
Extreme Water Levels: Provides annual and monthly exceedance probability levels for select Center for Operational and Oceanographic Products and Services water level stations with at least 30 years of data.
Hawaii Tsunami Hazard Information Service: Online access to Hawaii tsunami evacuation zone maps, as well as information about potential risks, how to prepare, and what to do in the event of a tsunami.
Inundation Analysis Tool: Helps in determining the frequency (or occurrence of high waters for different elevations above a specified threshold) and duration (or the amount of time that the specified location is inundated by water) of observed high waters (tides).
MarineCadastre.gov: Provides spatial context needed to address issues such as alternative energy and other types of marine planning efforts.
National Stormwater Calculator (SWC): Estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico).
Planning for Changing Sea Levels: Helps the public understand, in a general way, some potential future vulnerabilities to changing sea levels, waves, tides, and surges in the New York and New Jersey areas.
Sea Level Rise Tool For Sandy Recovery: Addresses flood risk based on current conditions and has immediate, short-term benefits to communities, but does not adequately account for increasing flood risk resulting from sea level rise.
Sea Level Rise Viewer: A slider bar shows how various levels of sea level rise will impact coastal communities.
Sea Level Trends: Illustrates regional trends in sea level, with arrows representing the direction and magnitude of change. Click on an arrow to access additional information about that station.
State of the Coast: Offers quick facts and more detailed statistics through interactive indicator visualizations that provide highlights of what we know about coastal communities, coastal ecosystems, and the coastal economy, and about how climate change might impact the coast.
Surging Seas: Provides local regions and policy makers with the tailored local information they need to understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding.
United States Interagency Elevation Inventory: Displays availability of high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories.
The resources below will allow you to build innovative tools and solutions to help communities plan and prepare for the potential effects of coastal inundation. Through creating new data, visualizations, and simulations, you can help people understand their exposure to coastal inundation hazards and their increased vulnerability due to population increase and sea level rise.
Homeland Security Infrastructure Program (HSIP) Public Domain Services
- All REST Services (directory only)
- Natural Hazards REST Service | WMS Service | Tsunami Tide Gauges GeoJSON
- Public Health REST Service | WMS Service | Hospitals GeoJSON
- Transportation Air REST Service | WMS Service | Heliports GeoJSON
- Transportation Ground REST Services | WMS Service | Bridges GeoJSON | Tunnels GeoJSON
- Transportation Water REST Services | WMS Service | Canals GeoJSON | Coastline GeoJSON | FloodWall GeoJSON | Harbor Area GeoJSON | Levee Line GeoJSON | River Gauge GeoJSON
- Water Supply REST Service | WMS Service | Aquifer GeoJSON
- More information about HSIP Public Domain Services
Future Flood Risk Information for New York and New Jersey (Post-Sandy)
New York and New Jersey Sea Level Rise Maps
Coastal Erosion and Vulnerability
- Shoreline change, Sea-Level Vulnerability, extreme storms coastal erosion hazards
- Composite Inundation Hazards for the Hurricane Sandy Impact Area
- Spatial extents of multiple flood hazard data sets combined. Flood hazard data sets include shallow coastal flooding, FEMA flood data (V zones, A zones, and 500-year zones treated as individual layers), storm surge for category 3 hurricane, and sea level rise of 3 feet above mean high tide.
Coastal Flood Frequency
This dataset depicts the extent of flood-prone coastal areas based on predicted water levels exceeding specific tidal heights as issued by local National Weather Service offices.
Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) Census Block Groups (2000) – University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute
Index measuring the social vulnerability of Census block groups to environmental hazards
Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW)
Contributing Partners: Bureau of Economic Analysis, NOAA Coastal Services Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics
ENOW is time-series data on the Ocean and Great Lakes Economy, which includes six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes. ENOW is available for counties, states, and the nation in a wide variety of formats.
Historical Hurricane Tracks
Contributing Partners: NOAA Coastal Services Center
Enables viewers to find tropical cyclone data in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins