The Nature Conservancy Releases Tools to Help Protect Coastlines and Communities
New suite of web-based tools will help assist and assess risks and solutions.
Miami, FL | October 07, 2013
The Nature Conservancy has released Coastal Resilience 2.0 - a suite of web-based tools to help assess risks to coastlines and coastal communities and identify nature-based solutions to reduce vulnerability to coastal hazards, such as flooding and storm surge
In Florida, hurricanes, flooding and coastal erosion threaten millions of people, infrastructure, livelihoods and other economic drivers of coastal communities. The loss of wetlands, reefs and dunes – natural barriers to storms – exposes communities to additional risk.
Coastal Resilience 2.0 is available at www.coastalresilience.org. These interactive tools support local municipal planning and allow decision-makers to examine storm surge, potential sea level rise, natural resources, vulnerable communities and assets. The tools also help users develop risk reduction and restoration solutions.
The Coastal Resilience tools have been used to assess the risk to people and the environment across the USA and globally since its first release in 2008. In Florida, for example, they have been utilized for:
• Assessing the impacts of sea level rise to five coastal communities including impacts to developed lands, wetlands and vulnerable species, and facilitating adaptation planning strategies.
• Identification of oyster reef restoration sites in the Gulf of Mexico where restoration and risk reduction goals could be jointly met.
• Assisting in sea-level rise planning in the Florida Keys.
Major enhancements have been made in Coastal Resilience 2.0 tool performance and functionality. Coastal Resilience 2.0 runs faster and operates on tablets. It is also more interactive, offers innovative “apps,” and makes it easier to share results with others. Coastal Resilience 2.0 apps compare risk, restoration and resilience scenarios in an easy-to-use, web-based map interface.
One critical app is the Risk Explorer that combines information on coastal habitats and exposure with socio-economic data to identify solutions where habitat management may most reduce risks along U.S. coasts (Nature Climate Change 2013, http://bit.ly/151mQYi). Across the Gulf of Mexico, Risk Explorer identifies where coastal habitat restoration can reduce the most risks to communities.
Coastal Resilience 2.0 was developed in partnership with NOAA, the Natural Capital Project, University of Southern Mississippi, the Association of State Floodplain Managers and many other national and local partners.
For more information, please visit www.coastalresilience.org.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.