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Coastal Sector Climate Science and Tools

This tab presents climate science and tools for understanding climate change impacts to the coastal sector and potential adaptation options.

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A Geospatial Dataset for U.S. Hurricane Storm Surge and Sea-level Rise Vulnerability: Development and Case Study Applications

April 2014

Published in the ‘Climate Risk Management’ journal, this study presents the results of an effort to develop storm surge inundation layers for the eastern U.S. - a first pass assessment of exposure to hurricane storm surge and sea-level rise for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The results include multiple inundation mapping overlays reflecting both hurricanes of different intensities as well as various scenarios of sea-level rise.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Megan C. Maloney, Benjamin L. Preston

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Surging Seas Risk Finder

April 2014

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder is an interactive sea level rise mapping and analysis toolkit which shows populations, infrastructure, and assets exposed to coastal flooding and sea level rise for every coastal state in the U.S. The Risk Finder includes interactive maps, tables and figures of results, risk timelines, downloadable data and local reports for cities, counties, states, and by zip code.

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Coastal Resilience - Coastal Defense App

2014

Coastal Defense is an application for examining 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 Coastal Defense “app” is a module of the Coastal Resilience network and tool platform, developed in part by The Nature Conservancy. The app identifies the coastal protection value of existing reef and wetland habitats and allows users to design restoration solutions.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sea-Level Rise Tool for Hurricane Sandy Recovery

June 20, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) developed a tool that can assist communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in reducing vulnerability of transportation and other infrastructure to future sea-level rise and flood risk. The tool, which involves a set of maps showing floodplains under sea-level rise scenarios and an updated USACE Sea-Level Change calculator showing site-specific flood elevation data, helps communities understand the effects of sea-level rise on future flood risk and incorporate this information into planning and decision-making.

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Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities

August 2013

This article, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, quantifies present and future flood losses in the world’s largest 136 coastal cities. The researchers conclude that the world’s coastal cities cannot afford to ignore adaptation measures and policies in the face of increasing climate-related flood losses.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephane Hallegatte, Colin Green, Robert J. Nicholls, Jan Corfee-Morlot

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Florida Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool for Transportation Planning

September 2013

Developed by researchers at the University of Florida and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), this report details the development of a Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool for assessing vulnerabilities of transportation facilities to sea level rise. This planning framework builds off of previous FDOT-funded research that was conducted in 2012 by Florida Atlantic University, and is detailed in the report Development of a Methodology for the Assessment of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Florida’s Transportation Modes and Infrastructure.

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Sea Level Rise Phone App

The Sea Level Rise Phone App crowdsources information about climate change related flooding and sea level rise. The app was initially developed to capture flooding information for the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, which currently faces the most severe sea level rise on the East Coast and is at the second highest risk from sea level rise in the United States.  As of early 2017, volunteers were using the app in fourteen U. S. states (plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia), as well as internationally in Russia, Kenya, South Africa, the Netherlands.

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USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

2012

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) created this online tool - the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal - that provides an interactive view of past, present and future hazards along the U. S. coasts. A user can choose any coastal location, zoom in to a relatively local level, and view potential impacts from extreme storms, historic shoreline changes, and coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise. USGS suggests that this tool can aid in decisions that involve emergency preparedness, ecosystem restoration, and where and how to develop coastal areas.

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Past and Projected Trends in Climate and Sea Level for South Florida

July 5, 2011

This technical report summarizes trends in sea level rise, coastal climate variability and climate change impacts in south Florida. The report is one deliverable from a South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) project to coordinate issues related to climate change and sea level rise in the region. SFWMD is a state agency that is responsible for managing water resources in a 16-county region that extends from Orlando to Key West, Florida.

Authors or Affiliated Users: J. Obeysekera, J. Park, M. Irizarry-Ortiz, P. Trimble, J. Barnes, J. VanArman, W. Said, E. Gadzinski

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Retrospective and Prospective Model Simulations of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Gulf of Mexico Coastal Marshes and Forests in Waccasassa Bay, Florida

May 10, 2011

The State of Florida is especially threatened by sea level rise due to extensive low elevation coastal habitats (approximately 8,000 km2 < 1 m above sea level) where the majority of the human population resides. This paper used the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) simulation to improve understanding of the magnitude and location of these changes for 58,000 ha of the Waccasassa Bay region of Florida’s central Gulf of Mexico coast. To assess how well SLAMM portrays changes in coastal wetland systems resulting from sea level rise, the study conducted a hindcast in which they compared model results to 30 years of field plot data.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Laura Geselbracht, Kathleen Freeman, Eugene Kelly, Doria R. Gordon, Francis E. Putz

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