In 2012, Superstorm Sandy's floodwaters left New Jersey homes and businesses devastated. New online tools are now available to help people better understand what rising sea levels and climate change could bring.
Are you living on the U.S. coast and wondering how climate change will impact your ZIP code over the next 25 years? Now you can find out with the touch of a mouse. A new online mapping tool, called “Surging Seas,” will show how much sea levels are expected to rise in your area.
By the end of the week, those living from Florida to New England can see the predictions of how much sea levels are expected to rise, as well as the number of buildings that could be flooded. Data on other U.S. coastal communities, including the Pacific states will be available by the end of the summer.
For example, with sea levels predicted to rise a foot and the threat of storms, there is a 1 in 3 chance for a 6-foot flood in NYC by 2040. This would be the worst flooding in history besides Superstorm Sandy, which caused massive flooding and damage to Manhattan and New Jersey in October 2012.
When asked about this new database, Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Mid-Atlantic Region, stated, “With a better informed public, the dangers of global warming hits closer to home for all of us. Although we don’t all live in low lying areas, it is all of our’s duty to help reduce our carbon foot print and slow down the effects of global warming.”
Likewise, the new site “Global Forest Watch,” was recently released in February. "It's groundbreaking," says Crystal Davis of World Resources Institute, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. who spent more than two years working with Google and more than 40 other partners to build the site. "It wasn't possible to do this even a few years ago.” This tool shows how much tree coverage has been lost, or in the rare case, gained, since 2000, and the results are unnerving.