Sea-Level Tracking

Report cards for coastal planning

Want to know how sea level in your area is changing due to global warming and other factors? Our 'report cards'—updated by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in January and June of each year as new data become available—display sea-level observations and track how closely they're following projected sea-level trends to the year 2050 for selected localities along the U.S. East, Gulf, and West coasts. We choose 2050 for our projections as an appropriate time-frame for use in planning by citizens, property owners, and municipalities.

We also provide regional report cards to highlight trends and patterns in sea level at a broader scale.

Virginia Report Card

The summary report card below, for Norfolk, Virginia, provides a taste of the more detailed versions available for each of our individual report-card localities. Visit our Background page to learn about the sea-level data and statistical approaches we use.

You can also view report cards from other localities by choosing from the map below, or by navigating the left-hand menu.