New Web Portal Helps Decision Makers Visualize Coastal Hazards

Since the last hurricane to significantly impact Georgia was Dora in 1964, many coastal residents don’t realize their storm vulnerability. The Georgia Coastal Hazard Portal is an information resource working to correct that problem as the portal provides easy to use and understand hurricane-related data and tools, including information about sea level rise, storm surge, flood zones, historical hurricane tracks, and land use and land cover. As an added bonus, the portal can be duplicated in any state that has similar data sets.

Portal training sessions have been held throughout Georgia’s six coastal counties. Planners at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission are using portal data to determine the long-term impact of localized flooding and sea level rise. Chatham County floodplain administrators are giving property owners specific information about how sea level rise and erosion are predicted to affect properties along a waterway or marsh. (2016)

Partners: Skidaway Institute, Savannah Area GIS, Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s Coastal Zone Management Program, Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence–Southeast, University of Georgia Marine Extension, NOAA Office for Coastal Management