More Than Just Data
The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA.
Data sets range from economic data to satellite imagery. The site contains visualization tools, predictive tools, and tools that make data easier to find and use. Training courses are available online or can be brought to the user’s location. Information is also organized by focus area or topic.
What makes the site successful? The targeted audience—the coastal management community. Content on the site comes from many sources, but being relevant to this audience is the requirement. The Digital Coast Partnership helps ensure this relevance, as this group provides user insight and feedback.
The Digital Coast is managed by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and was first released in 2007. Get the handout to learn more.
Tips for First-Time Users
- Topics — This section provides quick links to the top Digital Coast holdings communities use to address common coastal management issues.
- Stories from the Field — See how communities throughout the coastal zone use Digital Coast products.
- Digital Coast in Your State – These reports showcase usage statistics and top products for each state. The Return on Investment report is also helpful. Digital Coast costs are compared to the efficiencies gained by the user community.
- Top Products — Top data sets include lidar, economic, and land cover data. Most used tools include the Sea Level Riser Viewer, Land Cover Atlas, and a do-it-yourself visualization tool.
- Questions about Digital Coast? The FAQ is a great place to start or contact us with specfic questions.