NASA & California Institute of Technology – Sea Level Rise Research

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Sea Level Rise Research Program - NASA, NOAA and other partners have been studying and tracking the global sea surface temperatures since 1992. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is at the forefront of oceanographic research on global climate change. Some of NASA’s recent research on salt marshes as indicators for climate change and sea level rise effects on coastal systems have been important advances in the science. See this fact sheet on NASA’s work on global climate change and sea level rise: and visit its main website for more information about NASA’s work on sea level rise. Scientists at NASA partner with those working in other agencies, such as NOAA and USGS, on many projects related to wetlands and climate change.

Webinar: Marshes on the Move (NOAA)

NOAA Digital Coast webinar series presented Marshes on the Move: A Manager’s Guide to Understanding and Using Model Results Depicting Potential Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands which was held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Presenter(s): Nate Herold and Nancy Cofer-Shabica, NOAA Coastal Services Center; Adam Whelchel and Roger Fuller, The Nature Conservancy. The scientific community is generally in agreement that global sea level is rising and coastal marshes are changing as a result. Understanding where and how coastal environments will change in response to sea level rise, however, is a complex modeling challenge dependent upon many factors. This webinar will help participants understand key considerations and questions to ask when presented with models and maps estimating the future condition and location of coastal wetlands in response to rising sea level. In this webinar, participants will gain a basic understanding of some key parameters and uncertainties associated with these models; hear from technical specialists regarding real world implications of model results; and learn how to more effectively incorporate modeling results into management initiatives. To view webinar, click here.

NOVA: Secrets Beneath the Ice, SLR

NOVA – PBS – August 17, 2011
Almost three miles of ice buries most of Antarctica, cloaking a continent half again as large as the United States. But when an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Manhattan collapsed in less than a month in 2002, it shocked scientists and raised the alarming possibility that Antarctica may be headed for a meltdown. Even a 10 percent loss of Antarctica's ice would cause catastrophic flooding of coastal cities unlike any seen before in human history. What are the chances of a widespread melt? "Secrets Beneath the Ice" explores whether Antarctica's climate past can offer clues to what may happen. NOVA follows a state-of-the-art expedition that is drilling three-quarters of a mile into the Antarctic seafloor. The drill is recovering rock cores that reveal intimate details of climate and fauna from a time in the distant past when the Earth was just a few degrees warmer than it is today. As researchers grapple with the harshest conditions on the planet, they discover astonishing new clues about Antarctica's past—clues that carry ominous implications for coastal cities around the globe. For more about this program and to buy the DVD, click here.

Sea Change: Researchers Use Computer Modeling to Understand Rising Seas and Coastal Risks

By Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
Scientists at RENCI and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill use the latest modeling techniques and high performance computing power to understand how expected increases in sea level over the next 100 years could affect coastal communities, wildlife and the coastline itself. Most scientists believe that melt water from glaciers, the Greenland ice sheet and possibly the West Antarctic ice sheet, along with thermal expansion from warming oceans, will raise sea levels by one-half to 1 meter (1.6 to 3.2 feet) over the next century and by 1 meter to 2 meters (6.5 feet) over the next 200 years.

If that happens, North Carolina’s coast will change dramatically by 2100 or 2200, according to Tom Shay, a UNC-Chapel Hill marine scientist who conducts research with the UNC Institute for the Environment, the UNC department of marine sciences and UNC’s Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters. For full press release, click here. For a video of the scientist talking about the project, click here.

USGS Video: Effects of Sea-Level Rise on Coastal Wetlands in the Mississippi Delta

USGS – June 2010
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USGS Video: Sea-Level Rise, Subsidence, and Wetland Loss

USGS – September 2010
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Sea-Level Change Adaptation (Corps)
Response to Climate Change – December 2011

NOAA Digital Coast: Digital Coast Webinar Series

NOAA Digital Coast: Cumulative Impacts Model

NOAA Digital Coast: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

International Maps Showing Wetland Loss due to Projected Sea Level Rise

EPA's Climate Change Indicators in the United States