Surging Seas Risk Finder

Climate Central

Providing local regions and policy makers with tailored local information to understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding

Climate Central is an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public. Together we've built Surging Seas Risk Finder, an interactive exploratory tool that enables legislators and educators to better understand the impact of the rising sea levels on their region. Users can compare and model the impact across different regions, public services, infrastructure, and transportation.

Challenge

Climate Central approached the Bocoup Data Visualization team with an extensive set of scenarios and localized information about the impact of rising sea levels. They sought to create an interface both robust enough for power users and approachable for those who might want to learn more and experiment with the models Climate Central developed. Without having had any previous experience building such platforms for the web, the Climate Central team needed help creating this interactive tool.

Solution

The Bocoup Data Visualization team worked with Climate Central to transform their existing data to a web appropriate format and to determine the right visualization methods for the data at hand. In addition, we worked together to design the needed interactions in the tool as well as to develop and deploy the final tool into a production environment. We built the tool with low maintenance as a requirement, and the Climate Central team has successfully extended the tool since our collaboration.

Impact

Climate Central's Surging Seas Risk Finder is designed to provide local regions and policy makers with the tailored local information they need to understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding. The tool has received substantial traction from the climate advocacy and science communities and has even been shared by the Presidential Administration.

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