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Monday, November 6 • 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Poster Session. Using the ArcGIS framework to Conduct Coastal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Trustees of Reservations’ Properties

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AUTHORS. Brittany Hoffnagle, Woods Hole Group; Joe Famely; Ted Wickwire, Woods Hole Group; Tom O’Shea, Trustees of Reservations; Vin Antil, Trustees of Reservations

ABSTRACT. Facing increasingly daunting projections for the potential impacts of climate change, coastal managers are seeking tools to help them prioritize investments in resiliency and develop strategic management plans. The Trustees of Reservations (TOR), which holds over 8,000 acres of publicly, historically and ecologically important properties along the Massachusetts coast, partnered with Woods Hole Group to conduct a Coastal Vulnerability Assessment (CVA).  As a part of the CVA process, ArcGIS was used in the development of a Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) for each of the coastal TOR properties in Massachusetts. The CVI combines the probability of inundation (from a highly-resolved hydrodynamic model) with consequence of inundation scores (developed in collaboration with TOR managers) for all TOR assets (infrastructure, historical and ecological). The CVI facilitates ranking of the most susceptible assets on each property and across all properties, and provides a basis for TOR to prioritize resiliency and adaptation projects that ensure TOR’s ability to carry out its mission and use resources most efficiently. This presentation details the application of an ArcGIS workflow not only as a tool to assess and visualize vulnerability data, but also as a management framework to plan and prioritize coastal adaptation projects. 

Monday November 6, 2017 4:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Ballroom Salon IV (3rd Level)

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