Discover Coastal Inundation

Moving Forward

You have the tools and the information. But adaptation planning for inundation still isn't easy. Seeing how other communities are addressing this issue can be very helpful. Below are a series of case studies that may generate some ideas of how a community can address inundation risks.

Examples

Engaging Communities in New Hampshire to Strengthen Resilience
Partners in coastal New Hampshire are using the Roadmap approach as a framework for conducting hazard risk and vulnerability assessments throughout communities. One New Hampshire rural estuarine community came together during a series of interactive meetings to build momentum towards action. For more information on this effort, view Building a Network of Champions in New Hampshire.

Partners Build Capacity for Hazards Resilience in the Great Lakes
Many national and local partners, including Digital Coast partners, have come together to provide hazards planning resources to communities throughout the Great Lakes.

Community Works Together to Strengthen Resilience in Mississippi
Local, state, and county leaders were brought together during a workshop to share stories about coping with natural and man-made hazards and to learn about helpful resources that are now available to strengthen resilience in their communities.

Visualizing Flood Hazards with Residents and Floodplain Managers in Mississippi
Local residents and floodplain managers in Biloxi, Mississippi, learned what their towns and neighborhoods could experience at various levels of sea level rise through potential flooding scenarios demonstrated using the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer.

Managing Stormwater from Increased Heavy Rainfall (Northeast Ohio)
Learn how communities in Northeast Ohio are better managing stormwater and encouraging residents to take action to help reduce flooding and improve their water quality.

Using Green Infrastructure and Education to Reduce Stormwater Flooding (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Read about how managers in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area are improving their stormwater system, incorporating green infrastructure, and educating residents to help reduce stormwater flooding.

Minimizing Future Flooding from Heavy Precipitation (Grand Maris, Minnesota)
Learn how managers in Grand Marais, Minnesota, are using conservation approaches to help minimize future flooding caused by heavy precipitation.

Mapping Flood Forecasts in Texas Communities
Learn how the National Weather Service’s flood forecasts can be displayed in a mapped format to assist emergency managers and decision makers in mitigating the impacts of flooding.

Developing Consistent Methods for Mapping Sea Level Rise in Southeast Florida
Four counties in South Florida joined forces with other agencies and organizations to agree upon consistent methods for mapping sea level rise to help better prepare for current and future sea level rise-related issues.

Visualizing Sea Level Rise to Engage Municipal Government Officials (Charleston, South Carolina)
Learn how flood maps can be coupled with historical tide gage data to communicate the potential impacts of sea level rise to municipal government officials.

Case Study: A Cape Cod Community Prevents New Residences in Floodplains (Chatham, Massachusetts) (PDF)
See why the highest court in Massachusetts ruled in favor of preventing residential or other high-risk development in hazardous areas.

Coastal Resilience Long Island: A Case Study from The Nature Conservancy (Long Island, New York)
See how local decision makers are using tools and information to examine alternative future scenarios that address sea level rise, storm surge, community vulnerability, and conservation priorities.

Lessons Learned from Delaware Lidar (PDF)
Before obtaining lidar data for use in inundation mapping, review the Delaware Coastal Management Program’s lessons learned in contracting a lidar collection.

Assessing Coastal Vulnerability and Ecological Resilience to Sea Level Rise (New England)
Learn about The Nature Conservancy’s exploration of the limitations and opportunities for regional-scale mapping of projected sea level rise.

South Carolina Low Impact Development Atlas
This map tool helps communities and organizations share information on stormwater assessment and growth-related issues, which is important in adaptation planning.

Planning for Hazards and Climate Change Impacts: One County’s Approach (Miami-Dade County, Florida) (PDF)
Learn how Miami-Dade officials are using climate change planning to identify and implement enhanced mitigation and adaptation options that will promote more sustainable, livable communities.

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