Extreme Water Levels

Created: 7/31/2017 - Updated: 2/27/2020


Extreme Water Levels in an online product that allows users to analyze the likelihood that local tides will exceed a given elevation (mean high or low water) at different monthly and yearly time scales. Extreme Water Levels calculates these likelihoods based on over 30 years of monitoring data, and provides viewers with a rough idea of extreme tide heights expected every year, every other year, every 10 years, and every 100 years. Exceedance probabilities can be paired with real-time monitoring to document and determine extreme events, but can also be used for planning purposes to prepare for extreme low- or high-tide scenarios. Data is relevant only for specific NOAA CO-OPS monitoring stations, but a color-coded map allows general comparisons between different U.S. regions and sites.

Phase of Adaptation: Awareness, Assessment, Planning, Monitoring


Land managers, water utility managers, natural resource managers, local authorities, planners, policymakers, engineers, scientists

NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services


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Scale of Project
Community / Local
National / Federal
Regional / Subnational
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Disaster Risk Management
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise
Type of Tool
Habitat/Biome Type
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Create or modify shoreline management measures