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Climate Change Action in Coastal Habitats: Analysis Tools

BASINS Climate Assessment Tool (CAT) | EPA
BASINS is a multipurpose, environmental analysis system that integrates a geographical information system (GIS), national watershed data, and advanced watershed modeling tools, including the Hydrologic Simulation Program FORTRAN (HSPF) model, into one package.  It can be used to assess the coupled effects of climate and land use change, and to guide the development of effective management responses. A report providing documentation and user support materials for the tool is available at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/global/recordisplay.cfm?deid=203460

CanVis | NOAA
CanVis is a simple software program that allows users to visualize potential impacts of coastal development or climate change (inundation, SLR) allowing conservation planners and stakeholders to better understand the impacts of their decisions.  Training is available on how to use this tool and information on the training can be found here http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/canvis/training.html or contact: csc.training.request@noaa.gov. For general information on CanVis contact: nos.csc.canvis@noaa.gov.  

Habitat Priority Planner (HPP) | NOAA
A geographic information system (GIS) tool for identifying and prioritizing areas for conservation, restoration and land use planning. The tool can be used in conjunction with climate change data to assess potential impacts on fragmentation/connectivity and prioritize areas for conservation based on those impacts. Classroom and e-learning trainings are available on how to use this tool and information on the training can be found here: www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/hpp/training.html.  For general support on HPP contact: nos.csc.hpp@noaa.gov.

Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) GIS Tool | EPA
The primary aim of the ICLUS tool is to develop future land use scenarios based on potential trajectories for population growth, greenhouse gas emissions, and socio-economic changes, as used by climate change modelers. EPA is currently circulating the tool for external peer review.  Download a report describing the scenarios and models used to create the tool.

Open-source Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool (N-SPECT) | NOAA
N-SPECT is a GIS tool that helps conservation practitioners quickly and easily identify land areas that generate high sediment and nonpoint source pollutant loads. This is increasingly important in regions experiencing rapid development and other land use conversions. N-SPECT’s scenario analysis functionality allows people to test the relative effectiveness of different land cover management options on sediment and pollutant yields. Additionally, the impacts of changing climatic regimes can be tested with knowledge of potential changes to soils, precipitation, and land cover. The map-based outputs are easily incorporated into planning documents and are useful visualizations in public forums. Training is available on how to use this tool and information on the training can be found here.  For more training information, contact the Coastal Services Center here: csc.training.request@noaa.gov

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