Inundation Mapping

Practitioner Inundation Scenarios Mapping project (PRISM): A PEERS-NASA Co-Production Project

Project Overview

This project will provide critically needed, usable tools to help communities understand and respond to sea level rise (SLR) and related coastal threats: high quality, localized inundation maps displaying future coastal flooding scenarios. The maps will be customized for affected coastal communities to support development of management policies and practices that will help create resilience to coastal hazards, both near and long-term.

The project will be managed by an innovative collaboration led by PEERS, a global community of practice; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Sea Level Change Team (N-SLCT), with its world class data and visualization capabilities; and adaptation practitioner leaders themselves intending to use this tool for coastal resilience planning. PEERS is managing a series of pilot projects to identify and engage practitioners, understand local needs, co-develop technical products, and provide technical training to support adaptation planning. The N-SLCT team will provide high resolution satellite altimetry data of historic local water levels, local digital land surface model outputs, and the latest regionalized SLR projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. These datasets, alongside additional technical expertise and modeling as needed, will support co-development of state-of-the-art inundation mapping visualization tools. These tools will be provided at no cost to engaged practitioners.

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