Visualization: Melting Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise

An interactive visualization to explore the effects of melting ice sheets and the resulting sea level rise on coastal areas. 

Students will configure parameters related to glacial melt in Antarctica and/or Greenland, and will observe the effects of sea level rise on selected coastal regions in the U.S.

Use this tool to help students find answers to:

  1. What is the likely impact of significant ice melting in Antarctica on Florida?
  2. Discuss the possible impact of significant loss of ice in Greenland on Florida, California, and the Gulf Coast.

About the Tool

Tool Name Sea Level Change Portal, VESL Coastline Retreat From Sea Level Rise Simulation
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Sea-level Rise, Floods, Shoreline Retreat, Melting of Ice Sheets
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards, Climate and the Cryosphere
Type of Tool Interactive Visualization
Grade Level High school, Undergraduate
Location USA
Language English
Developed by NASA
Hosted at NASA
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic
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