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US EPA’s BASINS can be used to assess the coupled effects of climate and land use change, and to guide the development of effective management responses.
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.
The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper supports users undertaking a community-based approach to assessing coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities by providing maps that show people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. This spatial visualization tool shows maps of people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flood hazards including FEMA flood zones, shallow coastal flooding, sea level rise, storm surge.
NOAA’s Coastal Inundation Mapping is a hands-on computer course that enables users to identify areas susceptible to flood inundation. This course teaches participants about the different types of coastal inundation, ways to map flood areas in the coastal environment, data and methodology limitations, and practical ways to apply this information to support state and local planning efforts. These efforts can further targeted land conservation in order to mitigate storm and flood impacts.
NOAA’s Coastal Inundation Mapping Primer offers a four-step process for inundation mapping that includes: obtaining and preparing elevation data, preparing water level information, mapping inundation, and visualizing inundation.
NOAA’s Coastal Inundation Toolkit assists users with planning for inundation. The Toolkit is designed to help communities determine their coastal flooding vulnerability and what steps they can take to reduce this risk and can be a valuable resource for incorporating climate change impacts into conservation planning.
LIDAR —Light Detection and Ranging — is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth. Coastal Lidar reflects elevation information, which is a primary data consideration for management activities in the coastal zone, including conservation.
Land trusts around the country are already working to protect the wetlands and vegetated floodplains that temper storm effects, to assess flood risks and to increase community resilience through planning and habitat restoration.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) works to restore and preserve natural resources within the watershed. Restoration projects combined with community education and outreach to improve land management practices have yielded measurable water quality improvements. By increasing protection of natural features such as marshes, barrier islands, and ridges, conservation efforts help protect surrounding communities – both ecological and socio-economic – from the impacts of increasingly stronger hurricanes and sea level rise.
New coastal risk screening tool from Climate Central supports sea level rise and flood mapping by year, water level, and elevation dataset.