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Coastal communities are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the risk of damage from coastal inundation. In the northeast, Hurricane Sandy was a stark reminder of the potential damage a single storm can cause. These additional resources listed below will allow you to create tools and provide information to help communities prepare for coastal inundation. Through the use of data, visualizations, and simulations, you can help people understand their exposure to coastal inundation hazards and their increased vulnerability due to population increase and sea level rise.

Current Flood Risk: The FEMA National Flood Hazard Layer

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts

Future Flood Risk Information for New York and New Jersey (Post-Sandy)

ArcGIS Online Maps

Coastal Erosion and Vulnerability

Coastal Flood Frequency

This dataset depicts the extent of flood-prone coastal areas based on predicted water levels exceeding specific tidal heights as issued by local National Weather Service offices.

Socio-Economic Data

Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI) Census Block Groups (2000)University of South Carolina Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

Index measuring the social vulnerability of Census block groups to environmental hazards

Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW)

Contributing Partners: Bureau of Economic Analysis, NOAA Coastal Services Center, Bureau of Labor Statistics

ENOW is time-series data on the Ocean and Great Lakes Economy, which includes six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes. ENOW is available for counties, states, and the nation in a wide variety of formats.

Historical Hurricane Tracks

Contributing Partners: NOAA Coastal Services Center

Enables viewers to find tropical cyclone data in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins

U.S. Geoplatform

Contributing Partners: U.S. Geological Survey

Geospatial resources are available from the geoplatform.

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