Digital Coast Tools used in Post-Sandy Planning

With preliminary damage estimates nearing $50 billion, the impact of Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy emphasized the need for coastal communities to plan for future hazard and climate change impacts. Coastal communities in New York started this effort but were having a hard time identifying the most beneficial data, tools, and resources to use.

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management helped by working with the New York Department of State to assess damages (including natural and cultural resources) and create a composite map of future flood risk. This information was used to support the New York Rising initiative, a community reconstruction program. Training was also provided on the data and tools available from the Digital Coast, including Coastal County Snapshots, CanVis, Sea Level Rise Viewer, Coastal Inundation Mapping training, and Habitat Priority Planner. (2016)

More Information: coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/stories/new-york-rising

Partners: City of New York Department of City Planning, Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York City Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, New York Department of State, New York State Office of Emergency Management, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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