Chicago, July 19, 2011

Tools for Great Lakes Planners in NOAA's Digital Coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Digital Coast partnership provides data, tools, and training on topics such as land use, coastal conservation, hazards, marine spatial planning, and climate change. Recently, planners in the Great Lakes have participated in two needs assessments to help build new tools and improve datasets and training courses for climate change adaptation and conservation planning.

In this program, panelists from APA, NOAA, and the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve presented the results of these assessments and shared how you can use some of the new tools and datasets in your community. Products featured included climate adaptation training for planners, easy-to-use land cover and elevation data, and a publicly available visualization tool.

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About the Speaker

Jim Schwab, AICPJim Schwab, AICP, is the Manager of APA's Hazards Planning Research Center and is APA's point of contact for the NOAA Digital Coast partnership. He is currently managing a FEMA-funded project to completely rewrite the 1998 PAS Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. He has previously served as project manager and lead author for several PAS Reports, as well as leading or contributing to a number of other training and outreach projects on behalf of APA.


Heather ElmerHeather Elmer is the Coordinator of the Ohio Coastal Training Program (CTP) with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, where she develops science-based training responsive to local needs to inform decisions that impact Lake Erie. The Ohio CTP is implemented by Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve, a partnership between NOAA and the Division of Wildlife. It is one of 28 such programs of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a NOAA network that supports resilient communities and ecosystems through integrated research and education.

Heather StirrattHeather Stirratt is the Great Lakes Regional Coordinator for NOAA's National Ocean Service. In this role she works to better integrate NOS programs and enhance connections with customers and partners in the Great Lakes region. Currently she is focusing on marine spatial planning, community resiliency, and climate change. Stirratt is the NOAA representative to the International Joint Commission's Adaptive Management Working Group and the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Working Group, and is Chair of the NOAA Great Lakes Climate Working Group.

Chris HaynesChris Haynes is a Coastal Management Specialist with The Baldwin Group at the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Plant Sciences and Landscape Systems from the University of Tennessee and a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from Clemson University. In 2009 his research and work on coastal redevelopments was recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects with the SCASLA State Chapter Award, and the National ASLA Merit Award.