Green Infrastructure

Natural areas (and man-made systems that mimic natural processes) provide numerous benefits, from natural water storage areas that protect communities from floods to cleaner air and water and great spaces for people to play. Here’s a sample of what NOAA's Digital Coast provides to address this topic.

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Start with pictures of your community, and this easy-to-use tool lets you superimpose icons (a wider beach? additional trees and wetlands?) to see the visual impacts of your green infrastructure ideas.

Coastal County Snapshots

Get a quick look at how wetlands in your county contribute to safer, cleaner, and more economically productive coastal communities. Facts and data are displayed in easy-to-use graphics and handouts.

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

See where your community assets are most vulnerable to coastal flooding. Use this information to start conversations about local risk reduction strategies.

Habitat Priority Planner

Input your data and create maps, reports, and data tables on the fly, making it easier to see impacts from various planning approaches and scenarios.