Ecosystems are valuable and can provide solutions to protect shorelines, infrastructure, and people from
coastal flooding (Courtesy Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve)
Decision makers need to understand where, how, and under what conditions they can most effectively use natural and nature-based practices to protect lives, property, and built infrastructure from storms, extreme precipitation, and sea level rise.
To that end, NOAA assembled existing information sources on the effectiveness of green infrastructure for enhancing coastal resilience and made them available on Digital Coast to help address this need.
Developed by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Office for Coastal Management, the Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience databse is searchable, with literature covering a range of green infrastructure approaches, coastal hazards, geographies, and publication types.
The National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science, as well as CPO’s Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications Program, provided input to this NOS effort.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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