Discover - Conserving Coastal Wetlands for Sea Level Rise Adaptation

Discover What Others Are Doing

Coastal managers are beginning to use information on sea level rise impacts to inform conservation efforts. The following resources and stories illustrate how this information is being gathered and applied on the ground.

Adapting to Sea Level Rise in Miami-Dade, Florida. Miami-Dade County department representatives met to discuss how predicted sea level rise would impact saltwater intrusion, land cover and land use, zoning, emergency facilities, human infrastructure, and important natural features. Actions were developed to adapt to climate change impacts.

Building Coastal Resilience in Long Island, New York. The Nature Conservancy and partners provided local decision makers on Long Island with the tools and information they need to examine alternative future scenarios that address sea level rise, storm surge, community vulnerability, and conservation priorities. Case studies are provided for other communities that have been addressing these issues.

Identifying Conservation Priorities for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Coastal Maryland. Maryland incorporated climate change impacts, specifically sea level rise, into its conservation priorities. Learn about the state’s initial considerations as it worked through this process and the geospatial best practices it incorporated to identify wetland conservation priorities for climate adaptation.

Reaping Many Benefits from Conservation Purchases in a Long Island Community. The town of Southold conserved two properties that will help the community avoid potential losses to homes and property from coastal storms, become more resilient to hazards and sea level rise, and maintain town character and residents’ quality of life.

Using Geospatial Techniques to Plan for Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Habitats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy are using sea level rise modeling trends and the Habitat Priority Planner to identify freshwater wetlands in coastal South Carolina to protect for future wildlife management. View a recorded Digital Coast webinar that presents this project.

Visualizing Flood Hazards with Residents and Floodplain Managers in Mississippi
Local residents and floodplain managers in Biloxi, Mississippi, learned what their towns and neighborhoods could experience at various levels of sea level rise through potential flooding scenarios demonstrated using the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer.

Visualizing the Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Delaware. The impacts of sea level rise on marshes were modeled within the National Wildlife Refuge System in Delaware to produce maps that are being used to assess vulnerability and improve community resilience.

View additional publications and websites to learn more about these concepts.