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A Guide to Assessing Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits for Flood Reduction

This guide lays out a six-step watershed-based approach for documenting the costs of flooding, projecting increased flooding and associated costs under future land use and climate conditions, and calculating the long-term benefits and costs of a green infrastructure approach.

Green Infrastructure Benefits Handout

This handout aims to communicate the benefits of green infrastructure to reduce climate and hazard impacts. In addition to highlighting benefits, short success stories and key points covered during NOAA’s Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience training are included.

Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database

This online database provides sources on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level rise. The database contains records on 32 different coastal green infrastructure types.

Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide

This online, self-guided resource shows spatial analysts how to incorporate green infrastructure into their GIS work to prioritize areas that will help reduce hazard and climate impacts.

Green Infrastructure Practices and Benefits Matrix

This quick reference provides information about common green infrastructure practices used to lessen community flooding. Included practices range from natural landscape conservation to nature-based solutions at the site level.

People have been flocking to the International Fountain at Seattle Center for decades. Alas, it's closed until early July for repairs. Water features, like fountains, are one method of cooling urban environments as temperatures rise. (Credit: rwoan, Creative Commons)

How Cities Can Adapt to a Hotter Planet

As cities swelter under a once-in-a-millennium heat dome, green space and blue infrastructure are critical nature-based urban planning solutions.

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience

Natural and nature-based green infrastructure practices can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards and climate change. In this introductory course, participants review fundamental concepts and examine various practices. Local speakers share their expertise and the ways these techniques have been integrated into local planning processes.

NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground for Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests. Not only could these trees be significant carbon sinks, but they also contribute positively to economies and the ecosystems of nearby human, animal, and plant populations.

That Undeveloped Land Could Be Protecting Your City From the Next Flood

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which hit in August of last year, some Houston conservationists are urging that the city consider prairies as a tool for a more resilient city in an era when climate change is fueling more powerful and more frequent major storms and catastrophic floods.