Visualization: The Effects of Sea-level Rise on the Coast of California


An interactive visualization to observe and understand the possible effects of sea-level rise and different storm scenarios on the coast of California.

Students will configure parameters such as the amount of sea-level rise and the frequency of storm scenarios to observe the corresponding effects on specific locations along the Californian coast. They will compare and discuss various flooding scenarios and the vulnerability of different locations.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the possible impact of a sea-level rise of 200 cm on Southern California?
  2. Discuss the flooding potential of Northern California for a sea-level rise of 500 cm.

About the Tool

Tool Name OCOF Our Coast Our Future Flood Map
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Disasters; Floods; Sea-level Rise; Flood Potential
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards, Climate and the Hydrosphere
Type of Tool Interactive Visualization
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location North America
Language English
Developed by CoSMoS Project Team
Hosted at Our Coast Our Future
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic