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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.
Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into accessible stories, complete with charts and graphs, to support climate change communication and planning.
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.
The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Network provides geographically targeted resources to address ecological and socio-economic risks of coastal hazards through raising awareness, assessing risk, identifying choices, and taking action.
The Coastal Resilience Index tool helps communities examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery. To complete the assessment, community leaders can get together and use the tool to guide discussion about their community’s resilience to coastal hazards.
Environmental and natural resource data access points from many areas of the U.S. are provided in this resource from NOAA’s Digital Coast. Data access and visualization are usually provided through an online mapping interface or website. The types of data available vary but may include layers for statewide boundaries, transportation, imagery, elevation, recreation, and geographic names, among others. This geospatial data can be helpful in supporting initial resource mapping for conservation planning purposes.
The National Map (formerly “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.
Open-source Nonpoint Source Pollution and Erosion Comparison Tool (OpenNSPECT) is a GIS tool that helps conservation practitioners quickly and easily identify land areas that generate high sediment and nonpoint source pollutant loads. OpenNSPECT’s scenario analysis functionality allows people to test the relative effectiveness of different land cover management options on sediment and pollutant yields.
NOAA’s Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer allows users 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 available for all coastal states and territories except for Alaska.