Expanding Sea-Level Rise Science, Understanding and Use

Project Number
Project Date Range
Funding Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Focus Area(s)
Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies

Sea-level rise modeling and observations capabilities have significantly advanced in the last decade, providing enhanced monitoring and projections at the global, national, and now regional-scale. This information is valuable for informing hazard preparedness and community resilience investments but requires tailored dissemination strategies that translate, synthesize and deliver the science in accessible products and tools.  

California Sea Grant is directly supporting the dissemination and use of updated sea-level rise projections and research to support California and local sea-level rise planning and decision making.  This includes developing science summaries tailored to specific coastal communities, advising federal sea-level rise tool and visualization product enhancements, and providing direct technical assistance to agencies and communities with understanding sea-level rise science and integrating it into their hazard or adaptation planning strategies.  

California Sea Grant is also developing sea-level rise science educational materials to be used by the general public, coastal leaders, and educators across the State. This will include science activities and field trips with research institutions to expand engagement of diverse and underrepresented communities in STEM learning. 


Sea Level Rise Application Guide (coming soon)

NASA Sea Level Change Team Practitioner Consultation Board

Principal Investigators
profile photo of Laura Engeman Laura Engeman
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography