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


An interactive Model/Simulation 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 California 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 Tool
Tool Name OCOF Our Coast Our Future Flood Map
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Urban Geography, Disasters and Hazards, Hydrosphere, Floods, Sea-level Rise, Coastal Flood 
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards, Climate and the Hydrosphere
Type of tool Model/Simulation
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location North America, USA 
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by CoSMoS Project Team 
Hosted at Our Coast Our Future
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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