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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Program

A program from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Coastal Resilience is dedicated to providing information to communities, planners, businesses and policy makers to help them integrate sea-level rise and coastal hazards into their decision-making, and mitigate both community and natural resources vulnerabilities. The program consists of an approach, a web mapping tool, and a network of practitioners around the world supporting hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Change in the Pacific Islands

This website from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a synthesis of climate science in the Pacific Region, including separate pages for the Pacific Northwest and for the Pacific Islands.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Maryland Coastal Atlas

The Coastal Atlas is an online mapping and planning tool that allows state and local decision-makers to visually analyze and explore data for coastal and ocean planning activities. The site provides shoreline mapping data for shoreline and flood planning in Maryland. The maps are based on erosion, storm inundation and sea level rise data developed from fifty years of observations, and display future shoreline positions up to fifty years in the future. The data available through the Coastal Atlas includes physical characteristics, human uses and ecological resources.

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NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

Hosted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast, this online mapping tool allows users to observe the effects of sea level rise on U.S. coasts. Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise can be a powerful teaching and planning tool, and the Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Sea Level Rise Visualization for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida

This online map displays those areas that will be submerged during high tide as the result of sea- level rise on the Alabama, Mississippi, and part of Florida's coasts  Populations, roads, infrastructure (ie., airports) and other viewing options are available to assess the areas at risk of inundation under different scenarios (1 meter, 2,3,4,5).

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CanVis

CanVis is a visualization program used to "see" potential impacts from coastal development or sea-level rise. The software allows users to download background pictures and insert objects like hotels, houses, and marinas, and adjust sea level to observe impacts of sea level rise on coastal development. The software is used by municipalities to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning, and make presentations. .

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Coastal Inundation Mapping (training)

This two-day training course for floodplain managers, National Weather Service personnel, and county, state, and municipal officials (including planners, emergency managers, and coastal resource managers) provides an overview of flood and inundation mapping methods. The course also covers basic planning issues created by coastal inundation. .

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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USGS Digital Shoreline Analysis System

Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) is computer software that calculates shoreline rate-of-change statistics from multiple shoreline positions to analyze historic shoreline change. 

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Coastal Zone Management Administration Awards

Coastal Zone Management Administration formula grants and project grants are awarded to assist any coastal state, including those that border the Great Lakes and non-continental U.S. territories, in implementing and enhancing coastal zone management and related programs that have been approved by the Secretary of Commerce.

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