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Sea-Level Rise Viewer for American Samoa: A Co-Developed Visualization and Planning Tool

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Philip Thompson


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American Samoa is vulnerable to sea-level rise in part due to the steep terrain of its islands. This terrain requires the majority of the islands’ villages and infrastructure to be located along thin strips of coastal land. The situation is worsened by the recently recognized rapid sinking of the islands, which was triggered by the 2009 Samoa earthquake and is predicted to last for decades. This subsidence is estimated to lead to roughly twice as much sea-level rise by 2060 as what is already predicted from climate change alone. As a result, the timeline of coastal impacts in American Samoa will be decades ahead of similar island communities in the Pacific. Despite this urgency, decision-makers in the region lack the necessary projections [...]

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National Park of American Samoa
National Park of American Samoa


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ScienceBase WMS


  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers
  • Pacific Islands CASC



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