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Benthic Habitat data | NOAA
Benthic habitat data captures the location, extent, general character, and spatial relationships of biological communities in intertidal and nearshore areas.  The data are useful for conservation planning, marine protected area sighting, and environmental monitoring by serving as a baseline for assessing potential climate change impacts to benthic environments. For more information, contact the Digital Coast.

Land cover (C-CAP) | NOAA
Land cover maps depict where and how much of a region is covered by forests, wetlands, development, and other natural and man-made features. Documenting changes in the landscape can alert communities to emerging trends, information that is useful when predicting and assessing cumulative impacts in the light of climate stressors, such as sea level rise. For more information, contact the Digital Coast.

Coastal LIDAR (high-res elevation) | NOAA
Coastal LIDAR or elevation is a primary data consideration for management activities in the coastal zone, including conservation. Elevation data can be examined in relation to other factors and climate change stressors, such as sea level rise, storm inundation, lake-level drops, or drought across the landscape and seascape, illuminating critical areas that may need to be protected or conserved. NOAA’s Lidar Data Handler helps users manipulate and use lidar within a geographic information system. For more information, contact the Digital Coast.

National Wetlands Inventory | USFWS
The USFWS is the principal Federal agency that provides information to the public on the extent and status of the Nation's wetlands.  The agency has developed a series of topical maps to show wetlands and deepwater habitats.  This geospatial information is used by Federal, State, and local agencies, academic institutions, and private industry for management, research, policy development, education and planning activities.  NWI digital data can be viewed and downloaded through several methods.

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