Flooding Outlooks Get Geospatial Facelifts
High tide flooding is now common due to climate change and sea level rise. Damaging floods that only historically occurred during moderate or major storms now happen more regularly, especially during full-moon cycles or minor storm events. To mitigate the impacts of flooding, NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services produces the annual State of High Tide Flooding and Outlook. Once a PDF, the product is now an interactive geospatial dashboard of projected high tide flooding days, regional flood statistics, and animated data visualizations. Enhancements rely on Esri infrastructure. Plots on a page come to life as interactive maps to view expected high tide flooding days out to the year 2050. With a click, flooding thresholds can be applied to visualize expected levels of inundation first hand. Data points become attributes for precise prediction of flooding based on regional sea level rise scenarios and years of observations. The combination of Python and GIS allow these products to be easily updated and remain evergreen. The seamless integration of these critical layers forms a useful tool for understanding climate impacts to become a climate-ready Nation.