Visualizing Sea Level Rise

I partnered with Georgia Sea Grant scientists and the UGA Marine Extension to create a presentation for southeastern coastal community policymakers and local stakeholders dealing with the potentially adverse effects of sea level rise. This NOAA-funded project provided an excellent opportunity to learn the principles of effective infographic design.





These charts depict complex information relating to historical and predicted sea level rise levels. My goal was to create these visual aids for a laymen audience in order to help them decide how to best prepare for increasing coastal hazards.

The corresponding diagram illustrates 3 forecasted models of sea level rise by the year 2060: a conservative estimate starting at .5 ft increase ranging up to the highest projection of 1.9ft. Each level is delineated by a different color throughout the remainder of the presentation, with the chosen hue growing increasingly darker along with the severity of the water level rise. To give a better sense of scale to this sea level increase, I added an image of a native shorebird in proportion to the graph.