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1 Designing and Developing WebGIS SLR tools: NJ Floodmapper Richard Lathrop, Lisa Auermuller, Jeanne Herb, Marjorie Kaplan, James Trimble, John Bognar & Jennifer Rovito

2 Coastal Community Resiliency Progression Assess Evaluate Your Municipal Risks and Vulnerabilities Plan Utilize Getting to Resilience to Plan for the Future Implement Take Actions to Increase Municipal Preparedness

3 Information and tools to support place-based decision-making

4 National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise Bringing the message home to the local level! Graphic from USGS

5 Workshop Survey Results: The audience of coastal decision makers highlighted their perceived need for place-based information and decision support tools to inform land use planning, floodplain management and emergency management in the face of accelerating sea level rise.

6 Designing decision support tools related to SLR: (NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, 2007) Tools should incorporate information ascertained through scientific research and modeling that can be easily applied by governments and landowners when planning future land use and deciding on policy and regulations that affect coastal resources; Tools should forecast expected habitat changes, especially potential loss of habitats important for ecological services; Tools should be easy to translate to decision makers; Tools should enable easy understanding of potential risks to people and development due to future flooding and related hazards.

7 NJFloodMapper Goals: to broaden access to vital geospatial information with the goal of empowering a wide and diverse community of concerned parties interested in coastal management and conservation. Research Objectives: to examine how webbased geospatial decision-making tools can be developed and implemented to promote coastal resilience in the face of sea level rise and extreme storm events: Outcomes: Develop a focused web-based mapping application with an intuitive interface and gentle learning curve.

8 Applying a Instructional Systems Design Model Analyze Audience Design Product Develop Product Launch Product Evaluate Product & Process Front-end Evaluation (assess users needs & desires for improved decision making) Formative Evaluation (get feedback on design criteria, storyboards, prototypes, beta products, etc., as often as possible & is needed) Summative Evaluation (assess if products work & are useful)

9 Front-End and Formative Evaluation

10 Leveraging federal assets for local application

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15 FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs)

16 NJFloodMapper: SFHA with Hurricane Sandy Surge extent

17 FEMA SFHAs under Sea Level Rise at 2050

18 Maintaining Green Infrastructure: Coastal Salt Marshes Marsh builds up vertically through accretion Marsh migrates horizontally Tidal Marsh Retreat Graphic from

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21 Summative Evaluation How useful are these tools? How can they be improved?

22 Plan for the Future

23 Visualization & Information capture through map/graphics Visualize exposure & sensitivity Preparedness Assessment

24 NJAdapt Coastal Hazard Profiler

25 map-packs Municipal Profiles

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27 Coastal Community Resiliency Progression Assess Evaluate Your Municipal Risks and Vulnerabilities Plan Utilize Getting to Resilience to Plan for the Future Implement Take Actions to Increase Municipal Preparedness

28 So Many Tools: which to use?

29 Closing Thoughts: WebGIS tools, such as NJFloodMapper, can provide access to critical place-based information on coastal flood exposure and potential vulnerability. Leveraging national-scale effort with locally-refined geospatial data and functionality is a good model. Providing a local scale municipal focus Adding local data and functionality requested by the community

30 Closing Thoughts: The user-centered design process was central to that elusive goal of virtual accessibility. Fostered connection to target audience. Promoted greater acceptance once tool was released. Proliferation of WEBGIS SLR tools can be confusing to the end-user community. Even with great WEBGIS tools, community level planning still needs a personal touch through in-thefield outreach and assistance

31 Key Websites: Coastal Flood Exposure Profiler Njadapt.org NJFlood Mapper: visualizing SLR NJFloodMapper.org Getting To Resilience: A Community Planning Evaluation Tool Prepareyourcommunitynj.org NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Climatechange.rutgers.edu

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