Map showing changes in coastal sea level.
The more than 30-year record of relative sea-level trends, measured and computed by NOAA, shows that sea-level has increased around the coast of the United States (red shading). A direct consequence of this sea-level rise is increased flooding in coastal communities. Credit: Hamlington et al. [2021], Figure 1
Source: AGU Advances

Sea-level rise is a global problem that is one consequence of the changing climate. The direct and indirect impacts of sea-level rise affect many sectors of society. Sea-level rise is projected to worsen in the coming decades, providing urgency for science-based information that is available to stakeholders to underpin adaptation measures. A commentary by Hamlington et al. [2021] addresses how NASA and NOAA, two government agencies in the United States that provide sea-level observations and science, can coordinate efforts to serve the needs of stakeholders. The authors recommend continued monitoring of sea-level change, development of integrated science products, improved collaboration with other organizations that distribute sea-level science and guidance on regional and local levels, and coordination of delivery of sea-level products to stakeholders with diverse needs. Coordination across NOAA and NASA on sea-level science has the added benefit of broader collaboration on issues of coastal hazards and resiliency.

Citation: Hamlington, B., Osler, M., Vinogradova, N. & Sweet, W. [2021]. Coordinated Science Support for Sea-Level Data and Services in the United States. AGU Advances, 2, e2021AV000418.

—Eileen Hofmann Editor, AGU Advances

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