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Climate Change Action in Coastal Habitats: Spatial Data Visualization Tools

Coastal Resilience | TNC
The Coastal Resilience project provides communities, planners, businesses, and elected officials with easy access to information on projected coastal changes due to sea level and storm events coupled with solutions for coastal planning, land protection, and comprehensive management actions.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer | NOAA
This tool allows you to view several sea level rise scenarios and associated impacts to coastal wetlands, which can help land trusts prioritize areas for conservation. The viewer is currently available for most of the Gulf and East Coast, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, and Hawaii. For more information, contact Digital Coast.

Coastal County Snapshots | NOAA
Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.  Users select a coastal county and snapshot of interest to get a quick look at the county's flood exposure, ocean jobs, or wetland benefits.  This information helps local planners and conservation organizations communicate the importance of conserving areas that reduce the impacts of flooding and aid in climate adaptation. For more information, contact Digital Coast.

Coastal Vulnerability Maps and Study – U.S. East Coast and Texas | EPA
The maps included in this data set show the elevation of coastal areas from Massachusetts to Florida.  A sea level rise planning study – which integrates information related to land use, zoning, and anticipated development to determine the future likelihood of shore protection and prevention of inland wetland migration – is also included.  This study covers coastal areas from Massachusetts to Florida, and Texas.

Land Cover Atlas | NOAA
This web-based tool explores land cover (C-CAP) change over time at the county level. Documenting changes in the landscape can alert communities to emerging trends that are useful when predicting and assessing cumulative impacts in the light of climate stressors, such as sea level rise. Information on current conditions can be used to assess resilience to future scenarios, aiding in local conservation or land use planning, and can enhance communication and decision-making through summary reports and data tables. For more information, contact Digital Coast.

National Atlas | USFWS
National Atlas is a Department of Interior map-making tool that helps researchers analyze issues related to climate change, carbon in the environment, biodiversity loss, and changes in ecosystems. The information will also support nongovernmental organizations, government decision makers and other users with an interest in land cover dynamics, conservation and continental-scale patterns of North America’s changing environment. The map-making tool is available at: http://www.nationalatlas.gov/natlas/Natlasstart.asp


NOAA's State of the Coast | NOAA
This website provides quick facts and detailed statistics through interactive indicator visualizations that provide highlights of what we know about coastal communities, coastal ecosystems, the coastal economy, and how climate change might impact the coast.  The website also offers case studies and management success stories that highlight often complex connections across the four state of the coast themes:  coastal communities, ecosystems, economy, and climate.  For more information contact: stateofthecoast@noaa.gov.


Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics Quick Report Tool | NOAA
Coastal socioeconomic data allows users to gain insights into socioeconomic trends in the nation’s rapidly developing coastal regions that can be used to inform decisions on conservation priorities in light of climate change. The quick report tool uses a map-based interface to quickly determine demographic and economic characteristics for a wide variety of coastal management jurisdictions.  It summarizes key socioeconomic data sets, creates customized quick reports and graphs of targeted demographic and economic data in jurisdictions of interest, and allows for download of summary data.  For more information, contact Digital Coast.

The Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) View | USFWS
The USFWS has released a internet tool that allows the public to view simulations of sea level rise.  This program is designed to help people understand the potential impacts of climate change on sea levels.  This web browser-based application displays map pairs of the same area, each at different sea levels. The strength of this tool is its ability to visually show the modeling of sea level rise predictions, allowing people to see the impacts in a more intuitive way.

U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory | NOAA
The inventory provides a comprehensive listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the U.S. and its territories. Elevation data is necessary to develop coastal elevation models and are critical components when looking at sea level rise, coastal flooding, beach nourishment, erosion, or any other processes that occur within the land-water interface.  For more information, contact Digital Coast.

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