CoastSmart Resource Center

CoastSmart Resource Center​

Coastal damageThe information presented here is intended to connect you with resources relevant to coastal hazards planning and preparedness.

Here, you will find:

  • Web-based planning tools
  • Storm surge inundation and sea level rise maps
  • Training programs
  • Information on changes to flood insurance, and other related media.

These resources here were chosen because they are some of the most thorough available at helping local communities increase their resiliency to storm events and sea level rise. Please contact us with questions, or for any further information, about any tool, video, report, or training listed

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Technical Tools

Coastal Atlas

Maryland Coastal Atlas
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Coastal Atlas is an online mapping and planning tool that allows decision-makers to visually analyze and explore data for coastal and ocean planning activities

Osprey Emergency Management Map

OSPREY Emergency Management Map
Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

MEMA’s Osprey Mapper: Internet-based mapper displaying static and real-time data for weather, incidents, traffic, camera, flood zones, and other spatial assets.

Maryland Climate Change Impact Area Mapper

Maryland Climate Change Impact Area Mapper
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Displays layers of sea level rise, storm surge, flooding, drought and temperatures for the use of management decision-making and planning.

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer
NOAA Coastal Services Center

Creates maps of potential impacts of sea level rise along the coast and provides related information and data for community.

CanVis Visualization Program

CanVis Visualization Program
NOAA Coastal Services Center / USDA National Agroforestry Center

Enables users to add objects to images in order to visualize impacts of future management decisions.

Surging Seas

Surging Seas
Climate Central

An Interactive map tool showing sea level rise down to the neighborhood.  Provides statistics of population, affected homes and land as well as links to factsheets, action plans, and more.

Coastal County Snapshots

Coastal County Snapshots
NOAA Coastal Services Center

Coastal County Snapshots: Snapshots assess a county’s exposure and resilience to flooding by turning complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.

Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool

Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Provides a quick assessment of a community’s critical facilities and roads that lie within FEMA’s 1% annual chance flood zone.

Habitat Priority Planner

Habitat Priority Planner
NOAA Coastal Services Center

Helps to identify priority locations for conservation, restoration, and planning (extension to ArcGIS with Spatial Analyst).

Getting to Resilience: A Community Planning Evaluation Tool

Getting to Resilience: A Community Planning Evaluation Tool
Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve / The Barnegat Bay Partnership

Online self-assessment tool to assist communities in reducing vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Provides links to Community Rating System.


Planning & Guidance

State

Cover of Report Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Infrastructure Siting and Design Guidelines (2014)
Report Cover Report: Updating Maryland’s Sea-level Rise Projections (2013)
Report Cover Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change: Phase I, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Storms (2008)
Report Cover Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change: Phase II, Building Ecological, Economic and Social Resilience (2011)
Report Cover Sea Level Rise: Maryland's Model for Adapting to Change (2010)
Report Cover A Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for the State of Maryland (2000)

Local

Dorchester Report Cover A Sea Level Rise Response Strategy for Dorchester County (2008)
Cover of Report Worcester County Sea Level Rise Inundation Model (2006)
Report Cover Sea Level Rise Response Strategy: Worcester County, Maryland (2008)
Report Cover Rising Sea Level Rise Guidance: Somerset County, Maryland (2008)

Videos

Impacts of Tidal Flooding and How to Prepare

Impacts of Tidal Flooding and How to Prepare
NOAA Coastal Services Center

Impacts of Tidal Flooding and How to Prepare: Explanation video of extreme tides, sea level rise and adaptation strategies

Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland

Forecasting Sea Level Rise for Maryland
Maryland SeaGrant

Video detailing the Updating Maryland Sea-Level Rise Projections report and provides an understanding of how the projections were derived.

Video Podcast on Flood Insurance

Video Podcast on Flood Insurance
StormSmart Coasts Network

Executive Director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers talks with the manager of the American Planning Association’s Hazards Planning Research Center about the National Flood Insurance Program post-Sandy.

Video Overview of Changes to NFIP from Biggert-Waters Act

Video Overview of Changes to NFIP from Biggert-Waters Act
StormSmart Coasts Network

Video summary of the scheduled roll out of reforms coming with the Biggert-Waters Act.


Reports

Updating Maryland’s Sea-Level Rise Projections

Updating Maryland’s Sea-Level Rise Projections
Scientific and Technical Working Group, Maryland Climate Change Commission

This revision of sea-level rise projections for Maryland was developed through consultation with a group of experts from Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. These experts included several who led or participated in the national assessments of sea-level rise published within the past year, as well as authors of recently published papers on sea-level rise in Chesapeake Bay and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, Chapter 8: Adaptation

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, Chapter 8: Adaptation
Maryland Climate Change Commission

This report is a graphically enhanced version of Chapter 8 of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. It provides an update on adaptation strategies in Maryland.

Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning

Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA has a new resource available for helping communities to integrate hazard mitigation into local planning and development processes.

Coastal Resilience Index

Coastal Resilience Index
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

A self-assessment to provide community leaders with a simple method for predicting if their community will reach and maintain an acceptable level of functioning after a disaster.


Trainings

Coastal Training Program, Chesapeake Bay-MD

Coastal Training Program, Chesapeake Bay-MD
Maryland Department of Natural Resources / National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Coastal Training Program provides science based knowledge to community leaders and decision makers to promote clean and healthy streams, rivers, and watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay.


Useful Links

High Water Mark Project

High Water Mark Project
National Weather Service

To help raise awareness of flood risk, NWS began a project in 2006 to install High Water Mark signs in prominent locations within communities that have experienced severe flooding. Locations are selected based more on visibility than location of the flood. For example, a sign might be placed on the wall of a building downtown rather than near a rarely visited riverbank.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) / MEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States, local governments, and Indian tribes for long-term hazard mitigation projects following a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property in future disasters by funding mitigation measures during the recovery phase of a natural disaster.

Maryland Flood Insurance Rate Maps Outreach Program

Maryland Flood Insurance Rate Maps Outreach Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) / Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)

The State of Maryland in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been systematically updating Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities over the past several years. This program is designed to guide homeowners/renters as well as communities through the process of determining their current flood risk as well as future flood risk based on the preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs).

FloodSmart.gov: The Official Website of the National Flood Insurance Program

FloodSmart.gov: The Official Website of the National Flood Insurance Program
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding.

StormSmart Coasts Network

StormSmart Coasts Network
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / NOAA Coastal Services Center / Gulf of Mexico Alliance / Northeast Regional Ocean Council

The StormSmart Coasts Network is a web resource dedicated to helping decision makers in coastal communities address the challenges of storms, flooding, sea level rise, and climate change. More than just a website, this network of state and local sites gives coastal decision makers a definitive place to find and share the best resilience-related resources available, and provides tools for collaboration.

Digital Coast

Digital Coast
NOAA Coastal Services Center

While the need for good data forms the foundation of the website, the basic premise behind the effort is the understanding that data alone are not enough. Most people need help turning these data into information that can be used when making important decisions about coastal management. The Digital Coast does just that with: Data, Tools, Training, Stories from the Field (or case studies), and Apply It (a section devoted to showing users how to apply Digital Coast resources)

Bay and Aquatic Ecosystems
Report Cover Human Health
Report Cover Planning for Climate Change
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