Sea level and coastal hazards are on the rise, placing natural and human communities at great risk

Coastal Resilience can help

August 2014

Coastal Resilience apps

Click on our apps page for a full list of new applications in Coastal Resilience 2.0


See the recently posted Grist article "This is what it will look like when the Big One hits New York City" that uses Coastal Resilience 2.0 to illustrate a potential future Hurricane Sandy.


Check out our blog on Coastal Resilience 2.0


View and use this fact sheet

Using Nature to Reduce Climate and Disaster Risks


New Coastal Resilience feature article in ArcWatch

Hot off the press check out the latest edition of ArcWatch and ArcNews featuring Coastal Resilience!


New Coastal Resilience video

Check out the newly released video on the Coastal Resilience decision support tool. The tool and apps featured in the video illustrate how Coastal Resilience 2.0 is being used to inspire action, with a focus in the Hurricane Sandy affected region of the Northeast U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, and in Puget Sound, Washington. Specifically, we demonstrate tool use and how Coastal Resilience apps are built to support hazard mitigation and adaptation planning processes. 


Coral Reefs are Critical for Risk Reduction & Adaptation

New study shows that coral reefs provide risk reduction benefits to hundreds of millions of coastal inhabitants around the world

Stronger storms, rising seas, and flooding are placing hundreds of millions people at risk around the world, and big part of the solution to decrease those risks is just off shore. A new study in “Nature Communications” finds that coral reefs reduce the wave energy that would otherwise impact coastlines by 97 percent. Read more.


Coastal Resilience 2.0 launched last fall

Coastal Resilience 2.0 was released in October, 2013, offering even more advanced decision-making tools for coastal risk assessment.  It also helps identify nature-based solutions that reduce socio-economic vulnerability to coastal hazards. This interactive suite of tools, available in the Geographies section, allows you to examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources and economic assets.  It also allows you to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions.  

Core partners involved in the development of these tools include The Nature Conservancy, University of Southern Mississippi, The Natural Capital Project, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and the Association of State Floodplain Managers. The Coastal Resilience tools cover different regions including: a U.S. National and Global application, eight U.S. States (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey), two specific U.S. locations (Puget Sound, WA, and Ventura County, CA), four countries in Latin America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras) and three island nations in the Caribbean (Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S Virgin Islands).

Since the first release of Coastal Resilience tools in 2008, they have been used to reduce risk to people and the environment across the USA and globally. Coastal Resilience 2.0 will further support these efforts with major enhancements in tool performance and functionality. Coastal Resilience 2.0 runs faster; operates on tablets; works nationally and globally; is more interactive with innovative “apps”; and it’s easier to share results. These Coastal Resilience 2.0 apps compare risk, restoration and resilience scenarios in an easy-to-use, web-based map interface.

We look forward to hearing your feedback as you use Coastal Resilience 2.0. 


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New coral reef studies promote nature's role in coastal community risk reduction and adaptation. Read these latest blogs: 

National Geographic NewsWatch

The Conversation

The Carbon Brief

Cool Green Science


Healthy or restored natural systems can help reduce the human vulnerability and economic losses from current and growing natural hazards. Click here to download our fact sheet


Storm Surge Reduction by Mangroves report