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GIJN’s Guide to Investigating Sea Level Rise

During high tide, inhabitants of India’s Ghoramara Island work on creating a soil embankment to restrain further land erosion and prevent coastal flooding. Image: Debsuddha Banerjee/Climate Visuals Countdown

TABLE OF CONTENTS

This guide was written by GIJN’s Resource Center senior advisor, Toby McIntosh. It was edited by Nikolia Apostolou, Laura Dixon, and Reed Richardson, with fact-checking by Miranda Woolen. Unless specifically credited, photos for this guide come from Climate Visuals.

Chapter 1: Key Questions

Looking at Predictable Future Impacts | Key Questions to Ask

Chapter 2: Understanding Rising Sea Levels

Key Reports that Journalists Should Read | Higher Risk of Adverse Consequences

Chapter 3: Maps and Data

Documenting Sea Level Rise | Climate Central: Most Journalist-Friendly Resource | Other Sources on Projected Sea Level Increases | Seek Access to National Data | Build on Reports | Regional and National Sources | Studying Historic Records

Chapter 4: Story Tips and Best Practices

Pursue Accountability | Watching for Misinformation | Making Science Part of the Narrative | Practice Coastal Journalism | Story Angles on Sea Level Rise

Chapter 5: Visualizing Rising Oceans

Impact on Well-Known Places | Interactive Maps | Photographs and Graphics | Artists at Work

Chapter 6: Notable InvestigationsThe Big Picture: Coastal Communities Threatened Migration Impact on Women, Children, the Poor, and the Vulnerable Impact on Farming and Fishing | Loss of Wildlife Habitats Impact on Businesses Real Estate Values Loss of Affordable Housing Effects on Roads and Transportation Impact on Landfills and Other Low-Lying Public Facilities | Historic and Iconic Places | Insurance Implications | Lack of Good Data | Adaptation Debates Emerging

Chapter 1 – Analyzing Impact and Key Questions
Chapter 2 – Understanding Rising Sea Levels

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3 – Maps and Data
Chapter 4 – Story Tips and Best Practices

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5 – Visualizing Rising Oceans
Chapter 6 – Notable Investigations

The story was first published by Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)

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