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Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar

A case study of Delaware's efforts to obtain LiDAR elevation maps of its coastline and the lessons that can be learned from the process, this short report may be useful to other states or localities looking to assess impacts from sea level rise and storm surge using LiDAR technology. After describing Delaware's need for LiDAR data in its coastal planning process, the authors address the specific lessons the state learned. These lessons relate to the need for properly scoping and defining a LiDAR mapping project, the need for data standardization, and the need to ensure that end users (in this case, planners) are sufficiently competent with information systems to put the elevation data to good use.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves Project Grants

Coastal Zone Management Estuarine Research Reserves project grants are awarded to coastal states, including those that border the Great Lakes and non-continental U. S. territories, to assist in the development, acquisition, monitoring, research, education, operation and facilities construction for National Estuarine Research Reserves. These grants are provided for the purpose of creating natural field laboratories to gather data and make studies of, and educate people about the natural and human processes occurring within the estuaries of the coastal zone.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Conserving Coastal Wetlands for Sea Level Rise Adaptation

Part of NOAA's Digital Coast project, the Conserving Coastal Wetlands focus area is designed to help communities identify the value and vulnerability of coastal wetlands in the face of sea level rise, and to prioritize wetland conservation efforts that incorporate sea level rise considerations.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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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.

Related Organizations: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer

This online mapping tool, hosted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast, allows users to observe the effects of sea level rise on the coast. 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.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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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.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, University of Maryland, University of Maryland, Maryland Energy Administration, Towson University, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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 coastsĀ  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).

Related Organizations: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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