Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Support Tool

Coastal Resilience is web-based mapping tool designed to help communities understand their vulnerability from coastal hazards, reduce their risk and determine the value of nature-based solutions - and is the global network of practitioners who are applying this approach. 

The Coastal Resilience tool and network were developed by The Nature Conservancy.  The Conservancy’s Natural Coastal Protection project is a collaborative work to review how and under what conditions natural ecosystems can be worked into strategies for coastal protection. The Coastal Resilience site is designed to be a dynamic portal for that work, communicating to partners and practitioners, explaining the science, providing more detailed scientific reviews as downloads, and linking to the work of partners and to other related work. The global network for Coastal Resilience is intended to support coastal development and post-storm redevelopment decisions.

For each region that users can explore in the tool, The Nature Conservancy provides different map layers. For many of these regions, users can explore social vulnerability.

For example, within the New Jersey mapping portal, using the Regional Planning app, users can apply demographic filters to distinguish populations based on age, income, housing, and population density, as well as to view rankings from the Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI). The Risk Explorer app allows users to visualize social vulnerability as a component of overall risk. Social vulnerability is scored based on the user’s choice of variables, which could include the total population, the population older than 65 years, or families below the poverty line. The app allows users to identify the stretches of shoreline where habitats have the greatest potential to defend coastal communities against storms and sea-level rise.


There are a number of tools and applications built into the Coastal Resilience decision support system that address risk and vulnerability:

The Community Planning app allows communities to host their locally specific data to inform their decisions and track their successes, providing information for a community-level engagement process over time.

The Flood & Sea Level Rise app is used to view areas affected today and in the future due to increased sea level rise, surge from storms and hurricanes, and inland flooding.

The Future Habitat app categorizes various tidal marsh advancement scenarios from spatial model outputs.

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

For more information, the Nature Conservancy's Coastal Resilience Program is further detailed in this clearinghouse. 

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