Sea Level Rise Maps for the Atlantic Coast of North Carolina


Most of these maps are drawn from an EPA study, which developed county-scale elevation maps to illustrate vulnerability to sea level rise, using existing data. The maps show elevations relative to spring high water, the average tide during new and full moons. The full-state and half-state maps are based entirely on lidar data provided by the State of North Carolina. The county maps are older, so we have also included an index map showing the data sources, which can help you figure out how accurate our maps are for a particular location.

Except for the maps marked "view online", these maps are in jpg files designed for printing at 300 dots per inch on 8-1/2 X 11 inch paper. If you simply click on the links below and try to read them on your computer screen, some of them may look strange, depending on your internet browser. If so, please save the jpg map onto your computer's hard drive and then open the file with the program you normally use to read jpg files. High-resolution jpg's are also available for the online maps.



Southern North Carolina


Eastern North Carolina


North Carolina without
nontidal wetlands

North Carolina, 1-meter contour, using LIDAR

North Carolina
1-m contour


North Carolina
50-cm contour with nontidal wetlands

Corolla, Corova

Currituck County

Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Roanoke Island

Dare County

Canadian Hole/Haul Over to Ocracoke

Avon to Ocracoke

Core Banks, Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Open Grounds Farm

Carteret County

Pender County, Figure 8 Island

Pender County

Wilmington, Cape Fear River

New Hanover County

Cape Fear, Sunset Beach

Brunswick County





Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk

Duck to Nags Head

Killdevil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Roanoke Sound

Kill Devil Hills to Oregon Inlet

Oregon Inlet to Buxton

Data Source