UH Sea Level Center expands forecasts with new federal funding

Over the next three years, the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Level Center in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and its partners will receive more than $5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research line for sea level rise research.

One aspect of the new funding supports Multi-Model Seasonal Sea Level Forecasts for the U.S. Coast. It will combine several different models to produce experimental regional sea level outlooks months in advance for Pacific Islands including Hawaiʻi, Puerto Rico and the entire continental U.S. Given that no seasonal prediction of coastal high water events currently exists on a national scale, this project will be invaluable to community members and community planners for long- and short-term decision-making. Ultimately, the research team will develop a web portal to provide the regional sea level outlooks to the public, including high-water alerts, which could be used for new or existing NOAA coastal flood products.

The other aspect of funding provides ongoing support for the Sea Level Center to collect and quality control tide gauge data from around the world through a cooperative agreement between NOAA and the Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Research. The Sea Level Center is the only group in the world that provides the public with up-to-date hourly sea level data from a global tide gauge network. These data are essential for studying sea level extremes and monitoring long-term global sea level rise.

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