Digital Coast

Created: 9/23/2010 - Updated: 12/14/2018

Overview

This online tool from NOAA's Coastal Services Center provides tools, training, data, and case histories of how these tools have been used for climate adaptation and other coastal management issues. There are some pre-packaged collections of tools, data, and guidebooks for coastal managers interested in particular issues such as coastal inundation or offshore renewable energy planning.

The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA. Data sets range from economic data to satellite imagery.

The site contains visualization tools, predictive tools, and tools that make data easier to find and use. Training courses are available online or can be brought to the user’s location. Information is also organized by focus area or topic.

What makes the site successful? The targeted audience—the coastal management community. Content on the site comes from many sources, but being relevant to this audience is the requirement. The Digital Coast Partnership helps ensure this relevance, as this group provides user insight and feedback.

Audience

The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful.

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product.

Keywords

Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Erosion
Flooding
Salinization / Saltwater intrusion
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Type of Tool: 
Other Climate Change or Adaptation Portals
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Create or modify shoreline management measures