Third Thursday Web Forum: Developing regional GIS-based coastal resilience assessments

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“Developing regional GIS-based coastal resilience assessments” with J. Greg Dobson, Director of Geospatial Technology at the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

As sea levels rise and coastal storm events occur with increased intensity and frequency, many coastal communities—both human and natural—have become more vulnerable to coastal flooding hazards. Increasing resilience can improve a community’s ability to respond to and recover from these coastal hazards more quickly and with fewer resources. Often, the ecosystem services provided by natural landscapes can be leveraged to benefit nearby communities and reduce their exposure to impacts from coastal hazards, thereby improving resilience. Identifying hazards and exposed assets are necessary beginning steps.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnered with UNC Asheville’s NEMAC to develop a coastal resilience assessment that integrates geospatial analyses and modeling with the methodology of a resilience framework for watersheds along our nation’s coastline. The assessment supports planners and project managers with:

  1. Identifying where community and natural assets are potentially exposed to coastal flood hazards,
  2. Locating priority natural landscapes that can be managed to improve community resilience, and
  3. Improving habitat for essential fish and wildlife populations.

Data and models resulting from this assessment identify which areas and what assets may be most exposed to coastal flood hazards, leading to further local analyses that can help guide a community’s prioritization of management options.

 

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