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.
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.
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.
See where your community assets are most vulnerable to coastal flooding. Use this information to start conversations about local risk reduction strategies.
Access a suite of nature-based solutions that reduce social and economic risks.
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.
Develop a GIS work plan to prioritize green infrastructure for coastal resilience.
Learn about key green infrastructure concepts and practices that support coastal resilience.
Follow a six-step watershed-based approach to calculating benefits and costs of reducing flooding with green infrastructure over the long term.
View and share this animation to better understand and communicate the protective benefits of green infrastructure in your coastal community.
Let this document guide creation of a new or update an existing conservation plan that incorporates climate change information.
Quickly access a six-step process, with targeted resources, for considering climate in conservation planning for coastal areas.
Learn techniques that can help reduce coastal risks and improve resilience.