In July 2010, APA joined the Digital Coast partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management. This made APA the sixth and newest member of the partnership, which launched in 2007.

DC logoNOAA had been looking to expand its partnership, and APA was eager to offer its services to improve access to new tools and resources offered by Digital Coast for planners in coastal communities.

In 2017, the Digital Coast is celebrating 10 years of bringing place-based information resources to coastal communities. Our relationship with this initiative has allowed APA to champion for the resources most requested by our members. Below you will find a curated list of Digital Coast products and services for planners.

Digital Coast Products

Digital Coast Academy

The training section of the Digital Coast website was recently revised to include over 130 learning resources on a variety of coastal topics. From instructor-led courses, to webinars, to publications and self-guided resources, the Digital Coast Academy. The following courses are available for CM credit:

Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities — This three-day course provides information on incorporating climate adaptation strategies into the planning process.

Coastal Inundation Mapping — Developed for the geospatial technologist, this two-day course integrates tools and methods to map inundation using desktop geographic information systems (GIS) software.

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience — This one-day course highlights the role that the natural environment and related ecosystem services can play in helping coastal communities become more resilient to coastal hazards.

A guide to assessing green infrastructure costs and benefits for flood reduction

This collection of learning resources, developed through pilot studies in the Great Lakes and Pacific Islands regions, introduces a framework for estimating the impacts of flooding, and the potential benefits of implementing green infrastructure as a mitigation strategy.

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Coastal land cover

NOAA's Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) develops maps and related land cover change products to help planners visualize and quantify land cover change throughout the coastal zone. The Coastal Land Cover topic page facilitates access to spatial data sets, tools, and methods produced by C-CAP and related land cover mapping efforts.

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Digital coast needs assessment survey

After compiling and organizing data from nearly 700 APA members who completed the Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey in late 2010, APA's Hazards Planning Research Center has completed the final report of survey results.

Read complete survey results

Tools and Resources

We suggest taking a close look at the following:

C-CAP Coastal Comparison

C-CAP Land Cover Atlas

Climate Wizard

Coastal Change Hazards Portal

Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper

Coastal Resilience Mapping Portal


Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide

Hazards U.S. Multi-Hazard (HAZUS-MH)

Impervious Surface Analysis Tool


Riverine Flood Inundation Maps

Sea Level Rise Viewer

Surging Seas

United States Interagency Elevation Inventory

Outreach Opportunities

Part of the express purpose of APA participation in the Digital Coast partnership is to facilitate outreach to APA members concerning Digital Coast training, tools, services, and resources. Aside from sessions and presentations at the APA National Planning Conference, this can include presentations on Digital Coast and coastal planning issues at any of the APA chapter conferences in 30 states listed in the Coastal Zone Management Act. These include all states along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Great Lakes.

To inquire about including sessions or other presentations by APA Research or NOAA Digital Coast staff at chapter or section conferences or other functions, contact us at