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Consolidating Data Sets to Simplify Climate Risk Communication

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Effective risk communication benefits from powerful tools and comprehensive data that are easy to use and understand. By gathering data from various sources and providing proper context, organizations are making it easier for people to find and use this information.


Using sea level rise and economic data from NOAA’s Digital Coast, the private sector firm, Vizonomy, created the Vizonomy Climate Risk Terminal. The tool includes seven sea level rise scenarios, from zero to six feet, and calculates economic losses for each scenario. Because NOAA’s data sets provide nearly universal coverage of the nation’s coastline, users can view information throughout the coastal zone.


The Vizonomy Climate Risk Terminal serves as a web-based version of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazards-US software for evaluating flood risks. Users can assess building risks and potential economic losses from flooding and sea level rise; the amount of infrastructure, such as roads, schools, and hospitals, exposed to flooding risks; and the specific infrastructure assets at risk.

Vizonomy's Climate Risk Platform—Estimate economic losses and assess vulnerability at the building, neighborhood, or city level.

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