Digital Coast Fellowship Projects

2012-2014 Fellowship Project Summaries

American Planning Association (APA) and Coastal States Organization (CSO): Elizabeth Felter is at the APA in Chicago, Illinois, working to assess state and local policies concerning coastal planning and coastal resource management to produce a Planning Advisory Service report (a joint project between APA and CSO).

National Association of Counties (NACo) and National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC): Alyssum Pohl is at NACo in Washington, D.C., helping state and local coastal decision makers better utilize geospatial data to help improve the resilience of their coastal communities (a joint project between NACo and NSGIC).

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM): Laura Flessner is at TNC in Seattle, Washington, integrating watershed and coastal strategies that support disaster risk reduction and adaptation solutions and enhancing community resilience (a joint project between TNC and ASFPM).

What Is the Digital Coast Fellowship?

As a part of the Coastal Management Fellowship Program, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management offered three additional fellowships in 2012. These fellowships are being hosted by members of the Digital Coast Partnership. The Digital Coast is a collection of data, tools, training, and information for those working to preserve our coastal communities and natural resources. More information on the Digital Coast can be found at

These two-year fellowships are a part of the Coastal Management Fellowship program and will follow the same policies and procedures. The fellowships are unique in that

  • The hosts for these fellowships are members of the Digital Coast Partnership, not state coastal zone management programs.
  • Projects have the specific intention of advancing the goals of the Digital Coast and its partner organizations.
  • The fellowships may be a one-time offering. Funding has been secured for the 2012-2014 class of fellows.

Digital Coast partners include the American Planning Association, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Coastal States Organization, National Association of Counties, National States Geographic Information Council, and The Nature Conservancy.

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