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Aerial view of Ocean City, New Jersey

Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center, has developed Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments that identify Resilience Hubs – large areas of natural, open space or habitat where, if investments are made in conservation or restoration, there is the greatest potential for both improved human community resilience and benefits to fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

 
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These Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments can help inform community planners, conservation organizations and other stakeholders when planning resilience-related projects. Large contiguous areas of natural habitat, which Resilience Hubs aim to identify, can provide communities with enhanced protection and buffering from the growing impacts of sea-level rise, changing flood patterns, increased frequency and intensity of storms, and other environmental stressors.

View methods and results for the Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments:

Through the National Coastal Resilience Fund, additional assessments are underway for Alaska, Hawaii, the Great Lakes, American Samoa and Guam.


Coastal Resilience Evaluation and Siting Tool


Findings from the Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments are also available through CREST, an interactive mapping tool to view and download results and identify Resilience Hubs. Local stakeholders can use CREST to help inform decisions about the potential of resilience-related projects to achieve dual benefits for people and wildlife.

View CREST

In addition to the Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments, NFWF partnered with NatureServe to conduct eight in-depth Targeted Watershed Assessments in the continental United States. Findings from the Targeted Watershed Assessments are also available through CREST, and through Targeted Watershed reports.

Staff Representative

Senior Scientist, Marine Conservation