Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Visualizing Flooding in America

This animated map powerfully visualizes how flood risk will increase during the next 30 years in the Howard and Hamilton Beach neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. The animated map uses data from a new flood risk study and was created using The Pudding's new Flooding in America site for visualizing flood risk in the USA.

Using The Pudding's Flooding in America site you can create embeddable maps and charts which show the flood risk over the next 30 years for any location in the US. Flooding in America includes a series of maps and charts which reveal the increased risks of flooding across America due to future climate change. Each of these charts and graphs can be embedded in your own websites & blogs or shared on social media to help visualize the risks of flooding in your own local communities.

The maps and charts reveal how many local properties will be at risk from flooding due to climate change and where these properties are located. The data can also be used to compare and contrast the risks of flooding in your neighborhood with other local communities.

The Pudding's maps and charts use data from a new First Street Foundation study into flooding risk in the United States. The nonprofit organization First Street Foundation has also released its own online tool that can tell you the current flood risk for your home and how that risk may increase due to environmental and climate change.

If you enter your address or zip-code into Flood Factor you can view a detailed report into whether your area has flooded in the past, the current local flooding conditions and the future risk of flooding. Interactive maps are used by Flood Factor to show the local areas most at risk of flooding and the severity of that risk.

The flood risk report for your area informs you of such things as the proportion of local properties at risk from flooding and the number of properties at risk due to climate change. The report also provides information of local action which communities can undertake to limit flood damage and lower flood insurance costs.

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