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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Areas Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding & Sea Level Rise

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  • This interactive world map displays areas likely to be flooded at various amount of rising water due to sea level rise, tide, and storm surges. 
  • Ten different layers are available, ranging from 0.5 meters to 30 meters of sea level rise. 
Teaching Tips


  • The map is simple enough for students to navigate on their own.
  • The different layers allow students to visualize the relationship between sea level rise and the increase in flood risk areas.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There are some limitations to the dataset outlined under "Cautions" in the "Further Information" section on the left side of the page.
  • Though it is a global representation, the map can easily be zoomed in to specific areas.
  • Students should be familiar with sea level rise and its relation to climate change.


  • If students live in a coast region, they could use this map to determine the flooding risk in their city based on the various scenarios.
  • Students could use this map to study the flood risk in a specific area and then research and propose ideas for mitigation.
  • In a geography course students could use this map to discuss how flooding will impact settlement patterns and land use in coastal regions.
  • Similar interactive maps that are more specific to certain high-risk flooding areas include this map focused on New Jersey, this map that looks at eight different cities around the globe, and this map that concentrates on high-risk coastal regions in the United States.
  • These personal stories of flooding from North CarolinaMassachusetts, and Georgia could be used to further engage students with this topic.
  • For more on solutions and mitigation efforts, check out the article Solutions Can Protect Coastal Communities, and the video Inside a City Redesigned for Superstorms and Sea Level Rise.
Scientist Notes
This interactive map is suitable for tracking flood disasters, viewing spatial locations of areas exposed to flooding, and monitoring flood events. Datasets are accurate, and the resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • SS.Geog1.a.h Use printed and digital maps to ask and answer geographic questions (e.g., Where are there patterns? Why there? So what?) and evaluate the appropriateness of geographic data and representations to understand real-world problems. Explain how current geospatial technologies (e.g., Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), satellite images, remote sensing) are used for personal, business, and government purposes.
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