Supporting local capacity to plan and prepare for coastal hazards
There are several coastal resilience resource hubs that collect a variety of tools and resources meant to help decision-makers such as coastal managers, local officials or other policy-makers, property owners, emergency managers, and planners address coastal hazards.
Resource of the Month
Many coastal management tools and resources exist inside and outside of the following resource hubs. Different tools and resources are highlighted in the Resource of the Month blog. Each post summarizes what the resource is, how it is intended to be used, tips for navigating or using the resource, and who might find it useful. You can explore these featured resources in the Blog.
Wisconsin Resource Hubs
Wisconsin Coastal Atlas
Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Wisconsin Coastal Atlas is a technology platform designed to support understanding of coastal issues, share coastal data, and inform decision-making about the sustainable use of the Great Lakes. Coastal managers, planners, researches, educators, tourists, community scientists, and coastal residents can find and access a variety of decision-support tools and place-based learning resources.
The atlas includes five elements: maps, catalog, tools, learn and topics. These five elements work together to provide access to resources that can help address specific coastal management issues on the Great Lakes, such as building community resilience to coastal hazards.
The Wisconsin Coastal Atlas, however, is more than just a Web portal – it is also a research project that helps to build a coastal spatial data infrastructure for Wisconsin. The primary motivation of the research is demonstrating that a coastal Web atlas can serve as an interoperable resource both internally and externally. The atlas leverages local government data and integrates it to address regional and statewide issues. In addition, the atlas shares data at broader scales ranging from the Great Lakes to global. The latter is demonstrated through active collaboration with the International Coastal Atlas Network, which utilized a coastal erosion as a use case to show that individual atlases could be searched to access geospatial data as part of a broader global network of coastal atlases.
Policy, Planning, & Risk Reduction Strategies Webpage
This webpage lists products and other complementary resources that support policy, planning and risk reduction efforts addressing coastal resilience.
The self-assessment provides a starting point to identify opportunities to increase a community’s resilience to coastal hazards.
Resources produced as part of the Southeastern Wisconsin Coastal Resilience Project to provide education and guidance on risk reduction strategies that can be utilized to protect Great Lakes bluffs, beaches, and waterfront infrastructure.
Guidance on coastal ordinances and policies that can help reduce risk to coastal development and limit adverse impacts to the coastline.
Guidance on incorporating vulnerability, hazards, and resilience in comprehensive and hazard mitigation planning.
Wisconsin Coastal Hazards Bibliography
Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Wisconsin Coastal Hazards Bibliography was a product of the Integrated Assessment project. This publicly available hub is an on-line bibliography of relevant research on variable water levels and coastal bluffs. The hub contains more than 140 items; however, it was last updated in 2015, so the most recent coastal hazards research is not yet available on the Bibliography. Users can search the Bibliography by title, creator, date, or topic tags (i.e. bluff erosions, climate modeling, or water levels).
Coastal Management Resource Hubs
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
NOAA’s U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is a compilation of a Steps to Resilience framework, case studies, and tools aimed at improving understanding and management of climate-related risks to build resilience to extreme events. This website compiles tools, information, and subject matter expertise from across the U.S. federal government.
A Tour the Toolkit video is available for users to view. This short video describes the purpose of the Toolkit and how to explore the features of the website.
- Explore Hazards
- Assess Vulnerability & Risk
- Investigate Options
- Prioritize & Plan
- Take Action
NOAA Digital Coast
NOAA’s Digital Coast resource hub is supported by the Digital Coast Act which aims to fill data information gaps, develop publicly available tools, provide a greater focus on underserved areas, and document best practices.
Content for this information platform is compiled from a variety of reputable sources. The Digital Coast is formatted to make data, tools, trainings, and case studies easy-to-find and easy-to-use. Coastal managers can search for resources by data type, region, focus area, and product type.
NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management offers a Diving into the Digital Coast training to orient coastal managers to the Digital Coast platform and demonstrate how to find and apply data and tools from the platform to address coastal issues.
Find and download data for your coastal management needs.
- Land Cover
- Weather, Climate, & Hazards
- Economic & Demographic
Use these tools to turn data into helpful information. Focus areas:
- Climate Adaptation
- Coastal Conservation
- Coastal Economy
- Coastal Hazards
- Community Resilience
- Green Infrastructure
- Land Use Planning
- Water Quality
NOAA's Digital Coast Academy offers a variety of learning resources.
- Classroom & Online Scheduled Trainings
- On-Demand Products: self-guided resources, case studies, publications, quick references, & videos and webinars
See how organizations use Digital Coast resources to address coastal issues. Find case studies by searching by region, data type, or focus area.