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New Sea Level Rise Visualizations with USGS CoSMoS Data and Guidance on Interpreting Climate Projections

 

CAL-ADAPT LAUNCHES NEW SEA LEVEL RISE VISUALIZATIONS USING USGS COSMOS MODEL

Cal-Adapt now presents visualizations of vulnerability to sea level rise, ranging from 0 cm to 5 m, coupled with a 100-year storm event based on a sophisticated model developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) accounts for local protective structures as well as hydrodynamical factors including wave run-up, storm surge, and tides. Data from the CoSMoS model are currently available for the Bay Area and outer coast from Bodega Head to just south of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

More complete visualizations of the CoSMoS data as well as supporting material and data downloads are available at Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF). OCOF is a collaborative, user-driven effort involving Point Blue Conservation Science, USGS, the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and Coravai LCC. In addition to the 100-year storm that is visualized on Cal-Adapt, the OCOF tool allows users to explore wave height, current velocity, duration of flooding, and the range of possible flooding for “no storm” and king tide scenarios as well as annual and 20-year storms.

 

NEW GUIDANCE ON HOW TO INTERPRET CLIMATE PROJECTIONS ON CAL-ADAPT

Thanks to the efforts of Katharine Reich Davis at UCLA’s Center for Climate Change Solutions, Cal-Adapt now offers guidance to help users understand data presented on Cal-Adapt and use it appropriately. This new feature on How to Use Cal-Adapt, found on the Resources menu, presents plain English explanations of:

 

Please visit How to Use Cal-Adapt and offer feedback or questions regarding any aspects of Cal-Adapt that would benefit from further clarification.

Post last edited on: 2015 June 16


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