January 10, 2014

Planning for Sea Level Rise

The Nature Conservancy has developed a mapping tool to help Connecticut and New York officials visualize how rising sea levels and storm surges could affect communities.

The tool allows the user to see the projected sea level along the Connecticut shore in 2020, 2050, and 2080 and identify public infrastructure and land use patterns, including schools and other critical facilities, open spaces, and zoning districts. The tool also allows users to examine the spread of marshland, which act as a natural buffer to flood waters.

The Nature Conservancy has also developed similar tools for the Florida Keys, the Gulf of Mexico, New Jersey, and Puget Sound in Washington state.