Ecosystem Services

Healthy ecosystems provide a wide range of benefits, from recreational opportunities to storm surge protection. These benefits are often referred to as ecosystem services. Understanding how changes to the ecosystem may affect these benefits should play a role in the community’s decision making process.

Below are the key Digital Coast resources useful for this task.

Scenic view of green marsh grass with a forest and water in the background.

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Obtain Key Data Sets

  • Data

    Environmental Sensitivity Index

    Use these maps to get a better understanding of coastal resources, including biological resources, sensitive shorelines, and human-use resources by region.
  • Data

    Land Cover

    Use this handout to provide local officials with information on the protective benefits of green infrastructure.
  • Data

    Research Reserve Monitoring and Research

    Explore site-based research and monitoring data to determine how conditions are changing in both the short and long term.

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