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Effect of Sea Level Rise on Energy Infrastructure in Four Major Metropolitan Areas (September 2014)

The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has released findings of a pilot study that explores the feasibility of assessing the impacts of sea level rise on energy infrastructure. The goal of the study was to develop a method to identify energy facilities exposed to sea level rise (SLR) through 2100 that is flexible and scalable, uses existing and robust data sources, accounts for global and local sea level changes, and can incorporate results from regional studies.

The study focused on the four major metropolitan statistical areas of New York City, Houston, Miami, and Los Angeles. These areas were chosen because of their proximity to the coast, past exposure to significant storm events, and geographic dispersion along the coastlines likely to be affected by SLR. The approach used in this study can be applied to any coastal region or coastal Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

The study is available below for downloading.