Sea level rise is increasing the frequency of high tide flooding, and coastal communities face an urgent need to adapt. Near- and long-term high tide flooding projections that combine reliable tide predictions and local observations that tie water levels to specific flood impacts (called “flood thresholds”) are a key first step in adaptation. However, sparse tide gauge coverage, unreliable tide predictions, and a lack of observation-based flood thresholds all pose significant barriers to flood adaptation planning in Maine.
To address this challenge, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is collaborating with a team of civic, community, and industry partners in building technological, scientific, and community infrastructure for establishing flood thresholds and improving tide predictions in coastal Maine communities.
This project is generously supported by the National Science Foundation.
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