Coastal Resilience enables planners, elected officials, managers and citizens to visualize current and future risk and then help identify a suite of solutions that reduce social and economic risks and maximizing the benefits that nature provides. Nature-based adaptation solutions to date include:
- protecting or restoring area salt marshes as buffers;
- developing hybrid approaches that link natural and built defense structures;
- removing incentives to build in high-risk areas (i.e., often on top of low-lying wetlands); and
- designing restored oyster reefs to serve as breakwaters tailored to community needs.
Tools & Apps
Coastal Resilience demonstrates the role nature plays in disaster risk reduction and adaptation.
There are many online tools available to assess risk; our focus has increasingly been on identifying conservation, restoration and adaptation solutions. Below is a list of applications that examine the role of coastal habitats in risk reduction and adaptation:
This app quantifies how natural habitats (oyster and coral reefs, tidal marshes, seagrass beds) protect coastal areas by reducing wave-induced erosion and inundation. It uses standard engineering techniques to help you estimate how and where to restore or conserve critical habitat, and increase the resilience of your coastal community and infrastructure.
The Habitat Explorer allows users to interactively identify tidal marshes that can protect people, property, and infrastructure by weighting important variables such as marsh size, infrastructure, critical facilities, and demographic information. With this app users can highlight marshes that may have the highest potential to reduce risk by examining different conservation and restoration scenarios.
The Restoration Explorer allows stakeholders to examine ecological and socio-economic factors for restoration suitability. In this app a coastal habitat index can be compiled for restoration scenario planning where individual factors can be weighted for importance when identifying potential restoration sites.