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Submit Your Abstract for GeoTools

Share your geospatial application story, tool, or resource at Coastal GeoTools 2015. Submit an abstract by October 6, 2014, and help create the conference program. Details on the abstract submission process, as well as session tracks and types, can be found on the website. The conference is March 30 to April 2, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.

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Building the Resilient City, September 4-5, 2014

Learn how development can minimize loss and mitigate risk, and how smart development can uncover new opportunities in an uncertain future at this year’s Building the Resilient City conference, September 4-5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The conference, hosted by the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Resilience Program, will bring together experts in real estate, finance, climate risk, and policy to help attendees understand the risk landscape to make informed investment decisions, and more.

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Now Available: 2013 State of the Climate

The 24-year tradition continues with the publication of State of the Climate in 2013. This report, encompassing the work of 425 experts from 57 countries, uses dozens of climate indicators to track patterns, changes, and trends in the global climate system. These indicators often reflect many thousands of measurements from multiple independent data sets. The report also details cases of unusual and extreme regional events, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia in November 2013. The report was led by editors from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

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Calling All Scientists, Outreach Specialists, and Resource Managers in the Delaware Estuary

Hold the date for the 10-year anniversary of the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit on January 25-28, 2015. This event brings together scientists, outreach specialists, and resource managers in the Delaware Estuary area for three exciting days of presentations and networking events. The summit averages over 300 attendees, and it is the best way to learn, share information, and meet partners to drive your work forward in the Delaware Estuary.

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Coastal Resilience Tool Chosen as Esri Climate Resilience App Finalist

“There’s an app for that” is taking on new meaning. Esri challenged developers to create a desktop, web, or mobile app that could help to combat climate change. The goal was to create an app that allowed communities to see, understand, and prepare for a more resilient and sustainable future. The Nature Conservancy’s Zach Ferdana wrote about the Coastal Resilience 2.0 tool and why it was listed in the Top 13 apps from the competition.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2015 Climate Solutions University

In 2015 the focus of climate adaptation will be on urban and rural communities that are linked through a shared dependence on intact natural resources. Urban areas need to protect upstream watersheds beyond their jurisdictional control. Rural underserved communities need the support of urban resources to implement conservation priorities in their watersheds. Also, it is essential to develop solutions that include, protect, and advance low-income citizens. Learn how to develop these skills and prepare for the future at the 2015 Climate Solutions University. The program is provided at no cost to qualified applicants. Contact Jeff Morris at for more information.

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Did the Coast Change?

Changing coastlines are a part of every coastal manager’s life, but analyzing the specifics can be time consuming. Enter iCoast, a site from the U.S. Geological Survey that asks citizens to help scientists annotate aerial photographs with keyword tags to identify coastal changes after extreme storms such as Sandy. Participants will help analyze more than 140,000 aerial photographs from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts before and after 24 extreme storms in order to assess coastal damages.

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Save the Date: Coastal GeoTools Is Back!

Building off the success of past GeoTools conferences, the Association of State Floodplain Managers is hosting Coastal GeoTools 2015. Join your fellow coastal management data professionals, March 30 to April 2, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, to discover new technologies and applications—and learn from your peers about how they’re addressing today’s coastal issues using geospatial data and tools. Look for the Call for Abstracts in August 2014.

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Sea Level Rise Viewer Featured at National Building Museum

Two tools are featured in the National Building Museum’s “Designing for Disaster” exhibit that help communities assess coastal flooding vulnerability and identify areas where natural habitats can reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience. A video features NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer and The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Tool. It examines how coastal communities assess risk from natural hazards and how officials can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities. The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is “devoted to the history and impact of the built environment.” These complementary tools are available through the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Digital Coast website.

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Safety First! Especially along the Coasts

Rip currents along the shoreline are one of the leading causes of drowning. The Florida Coastal Management Program has worked since 1997 to educate citizens, lifeguards, and tourists of the dangers of rip currents and general water safety. This information has a broader application for all public beaches as a recent video explains.