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Decision Support for Hurricane Sandy Restoration and Future Conservation to Increase Resiliency of Tidal Wetland Habitats and Species in the Face of Storms and Sea Level Rise

Location: CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, RI, VA

Project type: Resilience

Funding awarded: $2,200,000

Project Summary

This collaborative project through the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative will integrate extensive information from multiple agencies and partner organizations to guide decisions about where and how to manage, restore, and protect tidal marshes and marsh-dependent wildlife throughout the northeast region. The initial focus will be on tidal wetlands in New York and New Jersey including National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks most impacted by Hurricane Sandy, with all regions being eventually included.

Conservation Goals

  • Integrate existing monitoring results, models and tools with foundational data and impact assessments
  • Create models for tidal wetlands and tidal wetland species to be used by all partners for decisions on future wetland management, restoration and protection
  • Establish a coordinated monitoring program that determines the effectiveness of marsh restoration approaches in increasing resiliency of tidal marsh habitats and species
  • Create a means to effectively share these tools with partners at regional, state and local levels

Project Benefits

  • Creates a substantial knowledge base for future management, restoration and protection of tidal marshes and dependent species in the face of sea level rise and storms
  • Increases management effectiveness by centralizing data, avoiding redundancy and improving efficiency across the public and private sectors by coordinating with multiple partners

Project Partners

  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)
  • Climate Science Centers (CSCs)
  • State agencies
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Columbia University
  • Marine Biological Laboratory

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy damaged coastal ecosystems in the Northeast region from Maine to Virginia. This project will integrate and deliver results from sea level rise and wetland response models, wildlife habitat suitability projects, decision support projects; resiliency approaches; impact assessments; additional modeling and other ongoing efforts to deliver information to states and communities through partnerships. Partners include the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Atlantic Coast Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), The National Park Service (NPS), Climate Science Centers, regional ocean partnerships, states, universities, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

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Last updated: December 22, 2014