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Webinar: Economic Valuation of Natural Infrastructure Provided by the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 12:00

Tuesday, January 23, 2018. 12:00PM. Webinar: Economic Valuation of Natural Infrastructure Provided by the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve. Jarrod Loerzel, NOAA National Ocean Service; Matt Gorstein, NOAA National Ocean Service; Chloe Fleming, NOAA National Ocean Service; Sarah Gonyo, NOAA National Ocean Service. Sponsored by Center for Satellite Research and Applications. More information here.

For this project, we estimated the economic value of shoreline protection provided by natural habitats (such as marshes) to areas in and around the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) using a combination of storm, coastal wave, and marsh migration models (i.e. ADCIRC+SWAN and SLAMM). The economic value of natural infrastructure in the area was estimated by first identifying and mapping shoreline habitats in relation to developed land areas vulnerable to environmental threats such as storm surge and sea level rise. Then, researchers estimated the amount of shoreline protection provided to those areas by existing shoreline habitats in a select number of storm and marsh migration scenarios. Finally, we articulate the calculated value of damages avoided (e.g., from storm surge and sea level rise) to coastal communities due to the presence of natural infrastructure using three storm scenarios coupled with current and future marsh migration. Using the assembled data and results, additional analyses may help determine locations for future nature-based infrastructure projects to increase any coastal community’s resilience to future environmental or climate-based disturbances.

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