Below is a collection of tools and resources that can be useful for various aspects of a community’s risk assessment. Most of these tools and resources are briefly introduced during the Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk training. This page offers a platform for users to quickly access each product. We hope to add links to this page as we become aware of additional useful tools and resources. Please help us out and pass along information about any product that you think should be added to this page. E-mail us at email@example.com.
These materials are helpful when taking the Roadmap Web-based training.
Training Presentation Slides
The presentation delivered during the Roadmap Web-based training.
This innovative flood management program uses nature to protect downstream neighbors and rivers and lakes.
Source: The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) GreenSeams Program – www.mmsd.com
Use these resources to help identify what to consider when setting up your assessment.
A Community-Based Social Marketing Approach to Promoting Safe Growth in Coastal Communities
This publication is a messaging tool to help planners communicate the value and benefits of comprehensive planning.
Example Assessment Maps
Examples of risk and vulnerability assessment maps from Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Geospatial Data Checklist
A checklist of spatial data sets that can be used to create risk and vulnerability assessment maps.
Introduction to Stakeholder Participation
This publication offers a guide and discusses some of the most important considerations for increasing stakeholder participation.
Potential Participant Checklist
A list of organizations and agencies that should be considered in an assessment.
Stakeholder Engagement Strategies for Participatory Mapping
This publication provides some simple strategies for facilitators leading a participatory mapping process. While there are many aspects of participatory mapping, this publication focuses primarily on stakeholder involvement.
Storyboards and Photos
Pictures from previous assessments conducted using the Roadmap process.
Understanding an Audience’s Social Values: Communicating with Americans with Different Worldviews on Global Warming
This publication provides helpful information when communicating with groups about climate change and when engaging stakeholders in risk and vulnerability assessments.
Use these resources to explore relevant hazards, climate trends, and potential impacts as a starting point in assessing community risks and vulnerabilities.
Coastal Climate Adaptation Resources
This site provides a community of practice for sharing and accessing coastal climate adaptation resources.
Mapping Coastal Inundation Primer
The guidebook outlines the process of creating inundation maps.
Coastal Inundation Mapping Training
This two-day instructor-led course offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to give students a better understanding of coastal inundation issues and mapping methods using a geographic information system (GIS).
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website provides links to trainings, grants, map services, and many other valuable services.
Incorporating Sea Level Change Scenarios at the Local Level
This publication outlines eight steps to help communities calculate sea level change scenarios and communicate impacts.
Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) Model
The Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model is a computerized numerical model developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) to estimate storm surge heights resulting from hurricanes.
Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer
The viewer provides visuals of the potential impacts from sea level rise. The visuals and the accompanying data and information cover sea level rise inundation, uncertainty, flood frequency, marsh impacts, and socioeconomics.
Sea Level Trends (NOAA)
Changes in mean sea level (MSL), either a sea level rise or sea level fall, have been computed at 128 long-term water level stations using a minimum span of 30 years of observations at each location.
Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS)
SHELDUS is a county-level hazard data set for the U.S. for 18 different natural hazard events types, such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and tornados. Ready-made maps and graphics available for each state.
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) Regional Climate Information
Regional information about the implications of climate change on various aspects of society and the economy.
Use these resources to help evaluate the strengths and vulnerabilities of the local population.
Census Data Link
Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
Flood Exposure Snapshot
The Flood Exposure Snapshot tool provides local officials with a quick look at a county’s demographics, infrastructure, and environment within the flood zone.
Social Vulnerability Index
The Social Vulnerability Index (SOVI) measures the social vulnerability of U.S. counties to environmental hazards.
Use these resources to help identify strengths and vulnerabilities of the built environment.
American Planning Association (APA) Newsletter: Zoning Practice – Practice Resilience
This issue of Zoning Practice examines smart growth principles that can support resilience to coastal hazards.
American Planning Association (APA) Newsletter: Zoning Practice – Practice Safe Growth Audits
This issue of Zoning Practice examines the need for communities to practice safe growth audits to prevent future growth conflicts.
Critical Facilities Flood Exposure Tool
This tool provides a quick assessment of a community’s critical facilities and roads that lie within FEMA’s 1% annual chance flood zone.
FEMA NFHL WMS
FEMA provides access to the National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) through this Web map service (WMS) for geographic information system (GIS) users.
FEMA Stay Dry (flood zone data in Google Earth)
The Stay Dry utility allows you to use Google Earth to view basic flood hazard information from FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) for a community or an address.
The Hazards U.S. Multi-Hazard (HAZUS-MH) is a nationally applicable standardized method that estimates potential losses from earthquakes, hurricane winds, and floods.
Use these resources to identify the strengths and vulnerabilities of natural resources.
CanVis Simulation Tool
CanVis is a visualization program used to “see” potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise.
Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) Land Cover Change Atlas and Data Sheets
Interactive map for viewing land cover and land cover change. Data sheets and raw data available for download.
Coastal Resilience Project
This approach examines the social conditions and economic exposure of coastal communities and their relationship with potential coastal wetland migration.
Conserving Coastal Wetlands for Sea Level Rise Adaptation
Get data, tools, and information to identify wetland and community vulnerabilities and prioritize wetland conservation efforts.
GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning Training
This training teaches green infrastructure concepts to help planners communicate and integrate natural resource conservation into planning efforts that support coastal community resilience.
Habitat Priority Planner
The planner is a GIS tool that helps prioritize conservation, restoration, and natural resource management actions.
Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training
This training introduces green infrastructure concepts that support coastal resilience and surveys the benefits received from natural resources.
Marshes on the Move
A document that provides a basic understanding of parameters, uncertainties, and appropriate uses of model results depicting potential future impacts of sea level rise on coastal wetlands.
Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A Guide to Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
This guidance document focuses on the key components of vulnerability—sensitivity and exposure—and reviews best practices for conducting assessments focusing on species, habitats, or ecosystems.
Wetland Benefits Snapshot
This snapshot provides a quick look at how wetlands contribute to safer, cleaner, and more economically productive coastal communities.
Use these strategies to help successfully implement your risk and vulnerability assessment results.
Coastal Hazards and Smart Growth
This issue of Zoning Practice, a monthly publication of the American Planning Association, highlights smart growth principles for coastal communities.
EPA Green Infrastructure Website
A source for information, tools, and case studies related to green infrastructure.
Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning
Provides guidance on how to integrate hazard mitigation strategies into comprehensive, area, and functional plans, and shows where hazard mitigation can fit into zoning and subdivision codes. Elucidates best practices and practical applications.
Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training
This three-hour course introduces students to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts that play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient.
No Adverse Impact: A Common Sense Strategy for Floodplain Management
No Adverse Impact as outlined by the Association of State Floodplain Managers provides a new and effective coastal management philosophy, and also identifies its legal underpinnings.
Smart Growth Online
A clearinghouse of smart growth-related news, research, presentations, publications, and other resources that is supported by Environmental Protection Agency funding.
The Conservation Fund’s Green Infrastructure Website
Another valuable source of green infrastructure information.
Explore these programs for funding opportunities.
Coastal Zone Enhancement Grants (Section 309)
The federal Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), in Section 309, provides special funding to assist states enrolled in the national program to develop or implement changes to their federally approved state Coastal Zone Management Programs.
Community Assistance Program, State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE)
This program provides funding to states to provide technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.
Flood Mitigation Assistance Program
The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program provides funding to assist states and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program
Funds for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event are provided by this program.
Repetitive Flood Claims Program
This program provides funding to states and communities to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program that have had one or more claims for flood damages, and that cannot meet the requirements of the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program for either cost-share or capacity to manage the activities.
Severe Repetitive Loss Program
The Severe Repetitive Loss grant program provides funding to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to severe repetitive loss structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.
Other Funding Opportunities
Information about additional grants and grant programs. Provides links to funding opportunities in two ways: by category and by region.