The Effects of Sea Level Rise Program (ESLR)

Announcing ESLR Awards for Fiscal Year 2022

The ESLR program awarded $4 million in fiscal year 2022 to fund three new and 13 continuing research projects that will inform communities on how to best address sea level rise affecting coastal ecosystems, infrastructure, and surface transportation.

Please find a full announcement of the awards here, and a summary of the three new awards here.

These new awards represent proposals selected from an FY 2021 Effects of Sea Level Rise Program NOFO due to an increase in FY 2022 appropriations. 

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Science to Guide Coastal Ecosystem, Community, and Infrastructure Protection

Rising sea level has worldwide consequences because of its potential to alter ecosystems and the vulnerability of coastal regions by increasing the prevalence of recurrent tidal flooding events and life-threatening storm surge events. Damages and economic losses due to sea level rise could be reduced if decision makers better understand the impacts of sea level rise and coastal inundation (storm surge, nuisance flooding, and/or wave run-up) and have access to science that provides insight on potential solutions. NOAA’s National Ocean Service program (NOS) provides data and tools that enable businesses and coastal communities to plan for an array of coastal hazards and events. The Effects of Sea Level Rise Program (ESLR) is a NOS program that specifically provides a suite of science products to inform coastal managers of local coastal vulnerability and solutions to mitigate flood risk. The program was formerly known as the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program (EESLR).

The Effects of Sea Level Rise Program provides a suite of science products and tools useful to coastal managers that are capable of evaluating coastal vulnerability under multiple sea level rise, inundation, and coastal management scenarios. These tools allow coastal managers to prepare for or mitigate regional impacts of sea level rise in their specific region. ESLR projects principally, explore the vulnerability of natural ecosystems, evaluate the potential for natural structures (e.g., barrier islands, wetlands, etc.) to reduce coastal inundation, and develop best practices for the inclusion of ecosystems in coastal protection strategies. In many cases, fostering natural coastal features provides a cost effective alternative to rigid hardened structures that may not be as effective in reducing flood risk or maximizing the value of the coast to the local community.

Modest funding is now available through the ESLR Event Response Program. This program augments current or prior research to help offset costs of immediate mobilization of response and/or assessment efforts associated with events that are difficult to plan as part of a scientific study. Learn more details.

To learn more about the ESLR program, download this Printable Fact Sheet.

Current Projects

Atlantic and Gulf Coasts

Pacific Coast

Prior Projects

Learn more about The Effects of Sea Level Rise Program

For more information, contact Trevor Meckley (Program Manager) or Christine Buckel (Geospatial Analytics and Products).