Using Geospatial Techniques to Plan for Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Habitats

Land trusts and conservation groups across the country are using geospatial techniques such as mapping and modeling to identify and reduce vulnerabilities to climate change impacts. For example, in Florida, the North Florida Land Trust has used geospatial data to help prioritize acquisitions and realign management priorities. In New York Scenic Hudson worked with partners to create an estuary-wide Sea Level Rise Mapper to identify restoration and adaptation opportunities and to help coastal communities plan for change. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) are using sea level rise modeling (SLAMM) and the Habitat Priority Planner (HPP) to identify freshwater wetlands in coastal South Carolina to protect for future wildlife management at the South Carolina’s Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Read NOAA’s South Carolina project summary, view a recorded Digital Coast webinar that presents applications of using the Habitat Priority Planner in coastal Alabama, or start browsing geospatial resources to learn more.

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