Developing specific tools to address coastal adaptation and risk


The decision support tools for Coastal Resilience include a visualization platform where ecological, social, and economic information can be viewed alongside sea level rise and storm surge scenarios in specific geographies.  In addition, Coastal Resilience "apps" have been developed for specific geographies. They are intended to cater to the needs of stakeholders, policies and planning processes.  These apps can be used to simplify complex relationships or models, convey a specific ecological or social concept, or used to compare different future condition scenarios.  A short description of each app for Coastal Resilience 2.0 is below.


Click on the icons below to see infographics that illustrate the objective of each Coastal Resilience app


Coastal Defense

Coastal Defense 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.  

Currently implemented in: Puget Sound

Currently planning for: Gulf of Mexico (Fall 2013), Florida Keys (Spring 2014)


Community Planning

The Community Planning app is the location where resilient communities host their locally specific data to inform their decisions and track their successes.  It is also where the community comes to view their information alongside and with the other Coastal Resilience data layers.  This app provides information for a community-level engagement process over time.​

Currently implemented in: Grenada, St. Vincent and the GrenadinesGulf of Mexico and New York and Connecticut


Flood & Sea Level Rise

Flooding is increasing along the coast and certain rivers.  Use this app to view areas affected today and in the future due to increased sea level rise, surge from storms and hurricanes, and inland flooding.

Currently implemented in:  Florida Keys Grenada, St. Vincent and the GrenadinesGulf of Mexico, New York and Connecticut, Ventura County, and United States

Currently planning for: New Jersey, MesoAmerican ReefPuget Sound, and U.S. Virgin Islands (Fall 2013),


Future Habitat

Certain ecosystems like coastal wetlands have the ability to move landward as sea level rises.  This depends on several factors including the rate of land accretion or the amount of sediment accumulating in the coastal area, the rate sea level is rising, and whether or not there are physical obstacles preventing wetlands from moving landward. The Future Habitat app categorizes various tidal marsh advancement scenarios.

Currently implemented in: Florida KeysGulf of Mexico, New York/Connecticut


Restoration Explorer

The Restoration Explorer allows stakeholders to examine ecological and socio-economic factors for restoration suitability.  In this app an oyster reef index was compiled for restoration scenario planning where individual factors can be weighted for importance when identifying potential restoration sites.

Currently implemented in: Gulf of Mexico


Risk Explorer

The Risk Explorer is organized by state and permits users to easily visualize coastal hazards exposure, social vulnerability and overall risk.  The app allows users to explore where people and properties benefit most from the risk reduction benefits provided by habitats.

Currently implemented in: Gulf of Mexico, United States

Currently planning for: New JerseyNew York/Connecticut  (Fall 2013)

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