Coastal communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the risk of damage from coastal inundation. In the northeast, Hurricane Sandy was a stark reminder of the potential damage a single storm can cause. These additional resources listed below will allow you to create tools and provide information to help communities prepare for coastal inundation. Through the use of data, visualizations, and simulations, you can help people understand their exposure to coastal inundation hazards and their increased vulnerability due to population increase and sea level rise.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Viewer
New York and New Jersey Future Flood Risk Viewer
Coastal Erosion and Coastal Flood Frequency

Coastal Erosion and Vulnerability

  • USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal is a tool that maps the impacts of extreme storms (i.e. hurricanes, tropical storms) on water levels and inundation. It also provides estimates of sea level rise and shoreline change.

Coastal Flood Frequency

This dataset depicts the extent of flood-prone coastal areas based on predicted water levels exceeding specific tidal heights as issued by local National Weather Service offices.

Economic and Socioeconomic Data

Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW)-  Bureau of Economic Analysis, NOAA Coastal Services Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics

ENOW is time-series data on the Ocean and Great Lakes Economy, which includes six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes. ENOW is available for counties, states, and the nation in a wide variety of formats.

Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) Census Block Groups (2000) – University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

Index measuring the social vulnerability of Census block groups to environmental hazards

Historical Hurricane Tracks

Contributing PartnersNOAA Coastal Services Center

Enables viewers to find tropical cyclone data in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins

Updated on May 11, 2021