The Coastal Resilience decision support system includes 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, a modular, configurable plugin architecture allows specific geographies to have apps designed specifically for geo-processing and display. These cater to the needs of stakeholders, policies and planning processes. Apps are used to simplify complex relationships or models, convey a specific ecological or social concept, or used to compare different future condition scenarios.
Coastal Defense examines how coastal habitats such as oyster reefs, coral reefs, tidal marshes, mangroves, beach dunes, and seagrass help protect coastal areas by reducing wave energy hitting the shore.
The Coastline Change: Future Scenarios app allows users to explore how climate change combined with management actions over a 50-year time frame may affect the rates of shoreline change along a simulated Virginia barrier island system.
The Coastline Change: Historical Data app serves to educate stakeholders about the dynamic nature of wild barrier islands over time
The Community Planning app is the location where resilient communities host their locally specific data to inform their decisions and track their successes. Users can view local information alongside with other Coastal Resilience data layers which helps support community-level engagement processes.
The Community Rating System Explorer helps planners identify areas that are eligible for Open Space Preservation (OSP) credits in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS), a voluntary program that encourages improved floodplain management through discounted flood insurance premiums, and provides exportable information to support the application process.
The Economics of Coastal Adaptation app allows users to explore current and future risks from coastal hazards and to compare the cost-effectiveness of nature-based (green), artificial (gray), and policy solutions to reduce risks and avert damages.
The Economics of Nature-Based Adaptation app allows users to explore current and future risks from coastal hazards and to compare the cost-effectiveness of nature-based (green) and engineered (grey) solutions to reduce risks and avert damages in coastal areas.
This app is being used in California.
The Ecosystem Effects of Sea Level Change app enables users to visualize the effects of various sea level change scenarios on target ecosystems.
This app is being used in Hawaii.
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.
This app is being used in all Coastal Resilience geographies.
The Future Habitat app categorizes various tidal marsh advancement scenarios from spatial model outputs to inform users of the combined impacts of sea level change, physical barriers to wetland movement, and rates of land accretion or sediment accumulation.
Habitat Explorer users in New York can highlight marshes that may have the highest potential to reduce risk by examining different conservation and restoration scenarios.
The Natural Defense App evaluates natural coastal habitats like reefs, mangroves, and marshes that often play an important role in coastal protection, and allows users to explore a comprehensive global summary of natural defense projects across multiple habitat types.
This app is being used at the global level.
The Restoration Explorer recommends potential living shoreline techniques to reduce nuisance flooding and erosion, increase recreational opportunities, improve water quality, and ultimately stabilize New Jersey’s shoreline.