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U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE)

Effects of Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge on Energy Assets

Long-Term Risk Mitigation from Reliable Data Visualization

View Responsive Website River delta patterns, Columbia River, Western Washington and Western Oregon, USA

Data science, engineering, and visualization must be top quality when the mission is as important as ensuring a resilient, reliable, and flexible electricity system. The OE accomplishes this mission through risk mitigation initiatives, which since 2013 have included engaging ICF to develop modeling and data visualizations that assess the vulnerability of key energy assets to long-term sea level rise and storm surge.

Our analyses focus on risk in 2050 and 2100, and include electricity assets, natural gas pipelines, and petroleum assets in more than a dozen coastal Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Results are presented in a responsive website created by ICF’s Information Insights team using Esri’s ArcGIS Online environment. Engaging visualizations help users better understand the potential exposure of energy assets by allowing self-directed exploration of maps, text, images, and even the site’s underlying spatial data.

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