Friday, October 31, 2014

Long Awaited Report on Sea Level Rise risk to Norfolk Navy Base released

The report titled "Risk Quantification for Sustaining
 Coastal Military Installation Asset and Mission
Capabilities (RC-1701)" by Kelly A. Burks-Copes and many colleagues. We here at ODU have hosted Kelly several times and heard her presentation on this work. Now it is published. Here is the LINK to the report.
This modeling done to produce the products in this report are a good example of how to do a risk analysis of this challenge. Good reading.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NOAA water level data - Matlab files

I've downloaded most NOAA water level stations from east coast into Matlab 'mat' files.
They are at data link
Disclaimer - no guarantee with this data. If you going to use it check very carefully to make sure it is correct. It is referenced to MHHW.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

State by State SLR reports

Having just got a link to a report by New Hampshire I'm going to put together a list of what might be called official or state government requested reports created by state entities stating SLR rates.

Reports states are doing are often about adapting to SLR so they will or may have a statement about what SLR rate to adapt to.

I'll put all this in a page on this blog as the list builds but here are three that I'm aware of now.

New Hampshire
New York

Here are the rise rates stated in the reports  - go to the report linked above to see the basis for their guidance. I use their units.

Delaware (2012)

Three scenarios to 2100
0.5 m (1.6 ft),  1.0 m ( 3.3 ft) and 1.5 m (4.9 ft)

Maryland (2013)

2050 Best 0.4 m(1.4 ft)
2050 Low 0.3 m (0.9 ft)
2050 High 0.7 m (2.1 ft)

2100 Best 1.1 m (3.7 ft)
2100 Low 0.7 m (2.1 ft)
2100 High 1.7 m (5.7 ft)

New Hampshire (2014)

2050 Intermediate Low 0.6 ft, High 1.3 ft, Highest 2.0 ft
2100 Intermediate Low 1.6 ft, High 3.9 ft, Highest 6.60 ft

New York for Lower Hudson Valley & Long Island (2010)
Sea level rise
2020s 2 2 to 5 in

Sea level rise with rapid ice‐melt scenario
2020s 3 5 to 10 in
2050s 19 to 29 in
2080s 41 to 55 in

Virginia (2013)

1.5 feet by 2050

Florida (2010)
0.5 to 1.0 m by 2100 (directly from IPCC)


1 inch = 0.0254 m
1 foot = 0.3048 m

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Virginia Beach SLR Adaptation Plan

The City of Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission has just released a report titled "Developing a Local Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan for Virginia Beach". Link to report

The authors are Benjamin J. McFarlane, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Whitney K. McNamara, CFM 723 Woodlake Drive, City of Virginia Beach Planning Department

Flooding maps are included.

They conclude:

Specifically, the City of Virginia Beach will:
1) Use the case studies and other information developed for this report to update existing
city policies;
2) Develop and update outreach materials such as those described in this report as part of
its comprehensive plan update process and ongoing public engagement activities;
3) Use the case studies and other information to help develop a city-wide strategy to
address recurrent flooding and sea level rise.
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission will:
1) Continue developing and providing policy recommendations related to recurrent
flooding and sea level rise to local governments in Hampton Roads;
2) Use the mapping methodology described in this report to develop regional sea level rise
and storm surge inundation maps to support vulnerability analyses and other technical
services for local governments.

Friday, October 3, 2014

South Florida SLR

Nice publication titled "Water, Water, Everywhere: Sea Level Rise in Miami"

by scientists at RSMAS explaining SLR in SE Florida LINK"