Research Tools: ‘Coastal County Snapshots’ Delivers New Tools, Data for Climate Resilience Planning
From the National Ocean Service/NOAA:
A major update to a popular NOAA tool used to inform planning and decision-making in coastal communities is now online. Coastal County Snapshots, available on NOAA’s Digital Coast platform, turns complex data into easy-to-understand charts, graphics, and information. Users simply select an area of interest and the website does the rest — displaying an automated, easy-to-understand county-level analysis for a topic selected by the user. Snapshot topic areas are focused on issues important to any coastal community working to become more resilient to climate change — flooding, sea level rise, and economics.
Several upgrades improve the digital version with this new release. First, charts and graphics now include the ability to display data superimposed on a map. This helps pinpoint the location and extent of a county’s vulnerabilities. Second, county technical staff can now access all of the data used to create the snapshots, which allows them to use this information to inform local planning efforts.
NOAA is working on a fourth snapshot that covers sea level rise due out in early 2022, which will include up-to-date, long-term sea level rise projections.
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