Stories from the Field
Planners used NOAA regional land cover data to understand trends in development and predict future flood risk.
Data from MarineCadastre.gov and OceanReports were used to evaluate small, defined geographic areas to determine their potential suitability for commercial aquaculture.
C-CAP data helped in the development of a conservation plan for the Yaquina watershed.
Using OpenNSPECT, managers in Puerto Rico assessed whether green infrastructure would help lessen sediment and runoff into coral-inhabited waters.
Monmouth University class uses ocean economy and sea level rise data to teach students about the economic benefits of the ocean, and the implications of human use.
The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer illustrated informational pieces and their impact on resilience planning efforts, and it identified existing gaps in scientific data and planning information.
C-CAP data were used to produce additional land cover information to assess the risk of fire and the proximity to urban developments.
Gulf Coast models and data help managers detect wetland areas that need monitoring in the face of sea level rise.
OpenNSPECT and the Habitat Priority Planner were used to assess land based threats and prioritize restoration areas.
Environmental science undergraduate students at Broward College examine global environmental change using NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer.
The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer data helped local planners identify the impacts of shoreline armoring on seagrass habitats.
NOAA’s high-resolution land cover data informed a City of Charleston initiative to analyze the equity of tree canopy cover in urban heat areas, which will inform the specific subdivisions that would benefit from tree-planting efforts.
High-resolution imagery was used to assess and monitor the effect of boating activity on seagrass meadows in Redfish Bay.
An analysis of the economic benefits of the Milbridge public pier and boat launch helps the community and local industries justify spending to remedy the effects of rapid sedimentation.
C-CAP land cover data helped determine the impact of development changes on stream health.
A new report provides a series of indicators to assess the status of the Gulf of Mexico socioecological system.
C-CAP data were used to produce additional land cover information to assess the impact of impervious surface on water supply.
C-CAP data were used to evaluate the impacts of Hurricane Katrina in Breton Sound, Louisiana, and assess how this area had recovered almost one year later.
Researchers used land cover and change data for an ecosystem services valuation of the natural landscape.
NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts data helped perform an inundation vulnerability assessment in Virginia.
A Digital Coast Fellow helped Alaska communities address flooding with new data and a visualization tool.
Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper was used in South Florida to communicate coastal flooding and climate risks to residents.
Florida regional planning councils build local and regional capacity for identifying hazard and climate vulnerabilities to better inform local planning efforts.
Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper was used to communicate coastal flooding and climate risks to residents.
The Coastal Resilience Long Island tool is being used by decision makers to gain a better understanding of ecological, social, and economic impacts from coastal hazards.
New Jersey communities use flood data and tools to build resilience.
Coastal Inundation Mapping training provided partners with skills needed to recover from, and plan and prepare for, flood hazards.
Partners used NOAA lidar to revise tsunami hazard zones and develop evacuation maps.
The Sea Level Rise Viewer and a NOAA resilience grant enabled partners in this port city to picture sea level rise risks and strengthen their resilience and recovery plans over the next fifty years.
Participatory mapping incorporates traditional knowledge into coastal planning and restoration.
A custom Wetland Benefits Snapshot and sea level rise maps were used to educate residents of several counties in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
The Sea Level Rise Viewer helps communicate the importance of planning for future risks.
Benthic habitat maps were used to support conservation and restoration efforts in New York’s South Shore Estuary Reserve.
The Sea Level Rise Viewer and Digital Coast data helped in the development of a flood risk tool to serve the planning needs of local communities.
High-resolution mapping data inform critical salt marsh monitoring, modeling, and management planning in New Hampshire.
South Carolina Aquarium created an application based on the Sea Level Rise Viewer that allows the public to visualize the potential direct impacts of sea level rise and flooding.
Researchers used C-CAP high-resolution land cover data to characterize the land adjacent to mangroves under study for carbon sequestration.
C-CAP land cover data were used to examine the impervious surfaces adjacent to watersheds and determine the cause of dune erosion.
Researchers used Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) data from the Ocean Jobs Snapshot to develop baseline economic profiles for 70 East Coast communities vulnerable to tourism and recreation impacts from offshore wind facilities.
Participatory mapping techniques helped establish a National Scenic Byway on Edisto Island, South Carolina.
Ocean Rainforest and the Department of Energy collaborated with NOAA to use MarineCadastre.gov data to suitably site a pioneering aquaculture pilot operation.
New Hampshire communities used the Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk to assess and address vulnerabilities and work toward reducing risk.
Vessel traffic data helped identify locations to construct fish spawning habitat for lake sturgeon, walleye, and other native fish.
Harbor planners used ENOW data to tailor their maritime economy profile and identify ocean-related businesses at a city level.
Great Lakes coastal zone management programs brought together partners to identify and evaluate potential habitat projects, along with data needs and gaps, through a series of workshops.
Land cover change data and technical assistance from C-CAP were provided for the EPA’s Climate Change Indicators in the United States report.
Watershed managers in Puerto Rico used OpenNSPECT to evaluate how effectively hydroseeding restores highly erodible lands to protect corals.
Pacific Historic Aerial Imagery from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management helped identify sedimentation sources in Maui.
Sea level rise data helped users assess future population and areas most affected by sea level rise.
Researchers used lidar data to examine sediment migration on North Captiva Island following large-scale erosion from Hurricane Charley.
Topographic and bathymetric data collected using the Coastal Geospatial Services Contract support multiple partner needs.
OceanReports was used to help scientists and academics understand the ocean neighborhood of Frying Pan Shoals.
Florida Ocean Alliance developed strategies to help strengthen the state’s blue economy.
OceanReports wind and water current layers were used to better predict seasonal locations of algal biomass for mariculture that does not require traditional infrastructure and gear.
A community open house helped local constituents understand flood-related impacts and costs as well as how to implement green infrastructure techniques to reduce those impacts.
The Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer helped a barrier island community develop an adaptation plan to prepare for and adapt to sea level rise.
Maryland used the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to identify high-priority conservation areas that allow for wetland migration and future wildlife habitat.
The Sea Level Rise Viewer helped in identifying major metropolitan energy infrastructure at risk from climate change and sea level rise.
An up-to-date C-CAP land cover map and historical habitat data helped restoration planners in the lower Columbia River.
A coastal community identified areas vulnerable to flooding after recent events caused localized impacts.
Partners worked with three Gulf communities to identify opportunities for preserving open space as part of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System.
C-CAP high-resolution land cover data helped identify watersheds where human land-use activity contributes to sediment and contaminants that impact coral reefs.
Florida’s emergency responders and public health workforce explore data about the community to understand health and social equity implications of sea level rise and coastal flooding.
Researchers and land managers utilized NOAA land cover data to identify watershed stressors along Minnesota’s North Shore streams.
Mississippi’s Jackson County Utility Authority used the Sea Level Rise Viewer to identify a safe location for a new wastewater treatment facility.
The Coastal County Snapshots – Flood Exposure tool illustrates the importance of updating critical infrastructure maps for coastal parishes in Louisiana.
Expanding the availability of high-resolution land cover data in storm-prone regions is contributing significantly to better preparedness measures.
Coastal flood Web-mapping applications help coastal managers in New England visualize and enhance awareness of coastal flooding.
C-CAP land cover data were used to analyze local stream flow and drainage issues.
Inundation layers from the Sea Level Rise Viewer were incorporated into local hazard mitigation plans to help communities prepare for sea level rise and coastal inundation.
Lidar data, the Sea Level Rise Viewer, and other Digital Coast resources address the specific challenges of building climate resilience across diverse communities, assets, services, and jurisdictions.
Partners used land cover and sea level rise data to help inform decisions on bird habitat conservation.
Coastal conservation groups used the NatureServe Vista decision-support system to create new maps that aid in preservation of Georgia’s coastal habitat.
High-resolution flood data incorporated into the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper helps inform planning decisions.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management uses vessel traffic data when determining stakeholders to be involved in conversations regarding offshore planning areas.
C-CAP data were used to assess wetland health for the Galveston Bay Report Card.
Three decision-support tools were used to demonstrate the innovative application and integration of tools for land-use planning and ecosystem management.
Social Science Basics training and resources helped identify partners to help assess mangroves damaged during the 2017 hurricane season.
C-CAP data were used to develop a decision-support framework and geospatial toolbox to prioritize wetland restoration efforts.
Benthic habitat data and imagery supported an ecosystem based management project in Humboldt Bay and restoration efforts in the Eel River Estuary.
With technical assistance from NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership developed a classification tailored to the Lower Columbia River’s unique system.