Visualizing Local Impacts of Sea Level Rise for Informed Decision Making

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Visualizing Local Impacts of Sea Level Rise for Informed Decision Making

Map showing elevation above the average high tide line in Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas of Maryland. ©US Environmental Protection Agency

Map showing elevation above the average high tide line in Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas of Maryland. ©US Environmental Protection Agency

Map showing elevation above the average high tide line in Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas of Maryland. ©US Environmental Protection Agency

Map showing elevation above the average high tide line in Anne Arundel County and surrounding areas of Maryland. ©US Environmental Protection Agency

Proposed policy responses to help communities adapt to sea level rise are often complex and difficult for the public to understand, which creates a serious barrier to informed decision making. An interdisciplinary team led by researchers at George Mason University will create a web-based tool that allows citizens to view the projected impacts of sea level rise at a parcel level. The team will then conduct a workshop for public exploration of policy options in order to evaluate the effects on public opinion in Anne Arundel County, MD.  A toolkit will also be made available for reapplication in other communities.

Funded by the 2011 Regional Sea Grant Sea Level Rise and Inundation Research RFP.

Project detail: Todd La Porte (GMU), Karen Akerlof (GMU), Brian Batten (Dewberry), Mohan Rajasekar (Dewberry), Howard Ernst (U.S. Naval Academy), Dan Nataf (Anne Arundel Community College), Katherine Rowan (GMU), and Dana Dolan (GMU). Community Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise (CASI).