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.
New coastal risk screening tool from Climate Central supports sea level rise and flood mapping by year, water level, and elevation dataset.
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.
Resource list of key spatial data visualization tools.
The Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) is an online tool that allows the public to view simulations of sea level rise. This program is designed to help people understand the potential impacts of climate change on sea levels. This web browser-based application displays map pairs of the same area, each at different sea levels.
The Nature Conservancy’s Climate Wizard was developed by TNC scientists along with partners at the University of Washington and the University of Southern Mississippi. Climate Wizard aims to make climate data more widely available in a user-friendly format to anyone that wants to understand the potential impacts of climate change. This free interactive visualization tool allows users to drill down in both time and space and see the climate change that has occurred to date and the climate change expected to come at a resolution of 12 or 50-square kilometers anywhere in the world.
The U.S. Geological Survey Climate Project Portal is an interactive viewer that shows maps based on future projections of temperature and precipitation from a group of “statistically downscaled” global climate models.
The U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory provides a comprehensive listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the U.S. and its territories. Elevation data is necessary to develop coastal elevation models and are critical components when looking at sea level rise, coastal flooding, beach nourishment, erosion, or any other processes that occur within the land-water interface.