Our nation’s coasts are increasingly at risk from rising seas, changing water levels in the Great Lakes, and more frequent and intense storms. These changes are forcing communities to adapt using time scales associated with both weather (hourly, daily, and weekly) and climate (seasonally, annually, by decade, and beyond).
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Coastal communities are striving to adapt to a changing climate. Whether it’s finding new ways to protect the built and natural environment, or building the social capital needed to support community resilience initiatives, these resources offer assistance.
Coastal and Ocean Economy
Coastal and ocean resources are productive drivers for the local, state, and national economy. Communities need the information to quantify impacts of these resources to make informed decisions about the future.
Coastal Land Cover
Land cover data are used to address a wide range of coastal management issues, from flooding risk and natural infrastructure assessments to policy evaluation and land use planning. Access and understand how to use these data effectively.
Coastal storms can bring flooding, storm surge, and the potential for severe damage. These resources help officials understand potential impacts and take steps to lessen damages and increase community resilience.
Healthy ecosystems provide a wide range of benefits, from recreational opportunities to storm surge protection. Use these resources to better understand how ecosystem changes may affect these benefits.
Natural infrastructure uses existing natural areas (and engineered solutions that mimic natural processes) to minimize flooding, erosion, and runoff. These resources are useful when considering nature-based solutions to enhance flooding resilience.
Ocean planning is a growing field that uses science and information to advance local and regional interests and keep the ocean and the economy healthy. Use these resources when beginning an ocean-related project.
When it comes to storm preparation and other community planning exercises, resident participation is important. Use these products to increase risk communication skills and engage the community.
For communities looking to address potential impacts from coastal flooding and severe weather, a good understanding of the people and places in harm’s way represents an important first step.