OneNOAA Science Seminar Series Announces Webinar: "CanVis: A Tool for Visualizing Coastal Changes and Potential Adaptation Strategies"

NOAA Data Center – November 28, 2012
On November 28, 2012 OneNOAA Science Seminars will host a webinar sponsored by NOAA's Climate Connection in collaboration with the National Weather Service Climate Services Division.  During this webinar, Adam Bode, a GIS Spatial Analyst with NOAA Coastal Services Center, will share an overview of CanVis, software for generating photorealistic illustrations of potential changes in landscapes.  The tool allows users to begin with a background photograph and insert visualizations of proposed objects or projected changes.  CanVis images help stakeholders envision how existing views may change over time.  For more information and to register for this webinar, please click here.

NOAA Coastal Services Sea Level Rise Tool for Local Level

NOAA Coastal Services Center – 2012
Just as flooding threats need to be factored into coastal community planning initiatives, so too should sea level change. Unfortunately, a 'one size fits all' approach does not work given the level of uncertainty and local variables. Local calculations are required for a scenario approach. This report outlines eight steps a community can take to develop site-specific scenarios. Using the information provided in the report, communities can develop a process that incorporates a range of possibilities and factors to address the specific circumstances of a community, in addition to developing the data and information that officials will need to make communities readily adaptable to changing circumstances. This report is a 'low-tech' companion for a technical report created by NOAA: Technical Considerations for Use of Geospatial Data in Sea Level Change Mapping and Assessment. To view the report, please click here.

CanVis, Digital Coast, NOAA Coastal Services

NOAA's Digital Coast, Coastal Services Center has developed a sea level rise tool called CanVis. CanVis is a visualization program used to "see" potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise. Users can download background pictures and insert the objects (hotel, house, marina, or other objects) of their choosing. The software is used by municipalities to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning, and make presentations. For more information, click here. For other Digital Coast tools, click here.

Sarasota and Manatee Counties Partner to Develop Sea Level Rise Tool

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP), one of the EPA National Estuary Programs, and partners from Sarasota County and Manatee County (FL) are in the unique position to start looking at and planning for the potential impacts of sea level rise along the coast. To start a dialog and help with future planning, SBEP has created a Sea Level Rise web map tool for residents and planners. The tool illustrates the scale of potential flooding as a planning reference tool. For more information, click here.

NOAA Digital Coast: Coastal County Snapshots

NOAA Digital Coast: Community Resource Inventory (South Carolina)