Coastal Zone Management
Data and Tools
Various networks provide opportunities for coastal planners to share data and information. Some resources are specific to certain geographies, while others span the entire country. Visualization tools are particularly helpful in analysis and communicating with the public.
From California's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, Cal-Adapt displays climate change research through charts, graphs, and maps. Raw GIS data are also available for download.
Science-based case studies, local stories, and climate and environmental research across key planning and management areas to educate about data, methods, policies, and tools that local governments are using to help make Great Lakes communities more resilient, including a repository of data, maps, and tools.
Methods, software and web tools for coastal-marine spatial planning and management decision makers, with an accompanying tools selection guide for coastal climate adaptation planning.
Displays map-based flood hazard data through the browser, searchable by address.
NOAA Digital Coast Partner The Nature Conservancy's Climate Wizard is an interactive map representing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 4th Assessment data on changes in temperature and precipitation levels, searchable by three emission scenarios and 16 different models.
Centralized location to acquire, distribute, and acquire geospatial data for areas within the Great Lakes region. Components include a data portal through which GIS and geospatial data for the Great Lakes can be published and acquired, and a gallery of downloadable images depicting Great Lakes geophysical data.
Data, information, and tools to assist communities, individuals, and governments develop, inform, and enhance their sustainable working waterfront initiatives, through mechanisms such as a sustainable working waterfront toolkit and repository of financial resources, searchable by state.
Information for local land use decision makers about protecting water quality as communities grow, including the National Low Impact Development Atlas
Large repository of real-time and historical monitoring data, and interactive web-based tools such as the Northeast Ocean Data Portal for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning.
Online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables state, federal and local users to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others.
This portal connects coastal decision makers to learn and share information on how to protect their communities from weather and climate hazards. Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Texas have existing networks, Connecticut, Maine, and New Jersey coming soon.
Image: Canada geese and Vancouver, B.C., skyline. Photo by Flickr user James Wheeler (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).