Pinpointing Information Gaps to Aid Decisions

Digital Coast data used to determine where additional measuring instruments are needed.

“Surface elevation tables” are instruments that show how sea level rise affects wetlands, but their uneven placement in coastal areas can cause spotty data results. The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative turned to the Digital Coast for help.

Digital Coast staffers combined land cover, sea level rise, and elevation data with outside precipitation and temperature data. The resulting GIS analysis pinpointed data gaps and uncovered new wetland habitat information. Armed with this information, this issue is being addressed.

Cooperative members include the Apalachicola, Weeks Bay, and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves. (2017)

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Partners: Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center