Keeping Pace with sea-level rise models

By: Renee Collini / Published: Jun 03,  2016

Last time I blogged I asked you to stay tuned for the upcoming document Keeping Pace: A short guide to navigating sea-level rise models.

Well now I’m here to tell you that it’s out and ready for action!

Keeping Pace is designed to guide decision-makers to the right tool for the right job; an important task that can be daunting when you take into account everything that is currently available. It is a starting point to help individuals narrow down the field of sea-level rise (SLR) tools and models to a suite of models that apply to a specific community need.

Keeping Pace was born from an excellent document generated by the USGS called Sea-level rise modeling handbook: Resource guide for coastal land managers, engineers, and scientists It is 76 pages of detailed information on processes that impact sea-level rise (SLR), SLR observing and modeling methods, and descriptions of model categories. This document, while extremely useful, is generally too lengthy for a city planner or resource manager who already has 17,000 other things going on. We decided to generate a guide based on the categories within the USGS Handbook to synthesize the handbook and other available science.

Keeping Pace includes:

  • Why it is important to select the right model for the right task;
  • Some need-to-know concepts about SLR and models;
  • Descriptions of the different model categories, including:  what they are, uses for the categories, and what the models should not be used for;
  • A categorized, comprehensive list to match the categories from the USGS handbook; and
  • Examples of how to utilize these categories to address coastal issues.

We will be distributing hard copies of Keeping Pace at the upcoming Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands meeting and hope to see you there.  There is also a digital version online, along with the categorized list of models, that can be found on our website,

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