Addressing Coastal Hazards in the Mid-Atlantic Resilience Planning for Water- Dependent Uses (RPWDU)

Henry J. Mayer, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


The objective of this project is to create a ‘How To Guide’ that can be used as a starting point for waterfront communities of differing sizes and characteristics in the Mid-Atlantic to improve the resiliency of water-dependent uses, allowing planners to focus limited resources on the enhancement of these data through local engagement.

This project will result in a guide for coastal communities on how to locate, evaluate, and assemble publicly available data from federal, state, and local sources to establish a baseline set of geospatial (and related) data needed to inform local land use planning to improve the resiliency of water-dependent uses and their supporting infrastructure. NOAA’s Digital Coast will be a starting point for locating data and related tools and training. Rutgers experience with the Port Tomorrow tools and other geospatial data provide a solid foundation for undertaking this project. The Project will produce both paper-based and web-based versions of a Guide to Using Available Geospatial Data for Working Waterfront planning. It will also useESRI’s ArcGIS Online Story Map templates that will allow interactive mapping demonstrations of how to use these various data sources in preparing such a plan.