The Coastal Resilience Decision-Support Framework supports decisions to reduce the ecological and socioeconomic risks of coastal hazards. The framework includes four critical elements:
With the interactive decision-support framework, users can visualize future flood risks from sea level rise and storm surge. They can also identify areas and populations at risk and gain a better understanding of ecological, social, and economic impacts from coastal hazards. This information is particularly helpful for officials taking rising sea levels and increased storm intensity and frequency into consideration when making coastal management decisions—such as coastal planning, zoning, and land acquisition. The Coastal Resilience Framework is being advanced in many geographies:
This approach is also being applied internationally in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Meso-American Reef in Central America, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and Marismas Nacionales in the Gulf of California.