The Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program has announced the public release of the DOD Regional Sea Level database.
Making the information available broadly “is a critical requirement for its use in our Unified Facilities Criteria program for planners and designers,” said Thadd Buzan, Assistant Director for Military Construction, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Sustainment).
Public access to the database allows for the integration of future sea level change information by contracted third parties such as engineering firms in their efforts to provide installation and facilities planning and design services for coastal locations. The database and its accompanying report, Regional Sea Level Scenarios for Coastal Risk Management, were developed by the DOD-led Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group to provide a consistent, authoritative approach to account for changing sea levels at DOD sites worldwide.
Use of DRSL information is now incorporated into the department’s installation master planning criteria and civil engineering design criteria for coastal locations. When using the DRSL database, planners and designers must apply the planning horizon and regional scenario appropriate to the installation requirement, and the vertical datum (such as the North American Vertical Datum of 1988) appropriate to the location.
For more information on the DOD program, visit the SERDP-ESTCP website.