Flooded streets and parking lots, overflowing sewer systems, higher water during storms, disappearing coastlines. City planners in coastal states are all facing the same question: what decisions do we need to make today to protect our people, land, and infrastructure from extreme events and sea level change?
NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) is the nation's source for coastal inundation data and sea level trends through its network of long-term water level gauges. With this data and online tools and analysis, CO-OPS enables coastal communities to better plan for and mitigate risk from changing ocean conditions.
For many coastal communities, the impacts of sea level change are here now, not years away. CO-OPS understands that coastal cities are already dealing with higher tides, more frequent tidal flooding, and more extreme water levels during storms. CO-OPS provides a suite of tools, including critical real-time information and outlooks that communities can use to prepare for these coastal hazards.