Resilient Coastal Communities
Conducting stakeholder engagement and modeling of land use decisions on surface and marine water quality. Project goals include estimating the recreational and non-use value impacts of future land use scenarios in a large watershed that crosses State boundaries and providing guidance to prioritize conservation activity. Collaborators: Massachusetts Audubon, University of Rhode Island.
Project partners include NatCap at Stanford and University of Minnesota; Belizean government: Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) and Belize's National Climate Change Office; WWF-Belize, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pew Charitable Trusts, Silvestrum Climate Associates. Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google Foundation, WWF-US
NatCap is co-producing new science to support the Government of The Bahamas (Office of the Prime Minister and other Ministries) in conducting spatial development planning for greater ecosystem support of livelihoods and climate resilience. As a result of this planning, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is developing ecosystem service performance indicators for loans for improving management of marine protected areas and green infrastructure projects. Project partners include The Bahamian Office of the Prime Minister, Inter-American Development Bank, and University of The Bahamas.
Worked to integrate ecosystem service models for coastal habitats into an optimization framework to understand where proposed restoration and conservation projects related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill would achieve multiple recreation and coastal risk reduction goals. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Stanford.
Working to identify and test new data technologies for scaling the use of information on climate change, coastal processe, and ecosystem services into Integrated Coastal Zone Management across the Caribbean and Latin America. Partners: Stanford. Collaborators: IDB, NGOs, academics and governments of The Bahamas, Mexico, and Belize.
Modeled coastal protection, recreation, and fisheries benefits provided by coastal habitats to inform decisions about grey and green infrastructure in Dow Chemical's facility. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy
Assessed risk from coastal hazards and the role that ecosystems play in reducing risk for vulnerable communities along the entire coast of the US to inform the US National Climate Assessment. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.
Assessed role of coastal ecosystems in reducing risk from coastal hazards along Caribbean coast of Colombia. Partners: Stanford University, TNC. Collaborator: Fulbright Nexus Program.
Assessed risk from coastal hazards along the entire coast of The Bahamas and identify locations where corals, mangroves, and seagrasses have the greatest potential to reduce risk to coastal communities. Collaborators: Government of The Bahamas, IDB.
Worked to prioritize conservation and restoration activities in Escambia and Pensacola Counties to achieve multiple watershed and coastal objectives, including reduction in erosion and flooding, nitrogen and phosphorous retention, nature-based recreation, and near-shore fisheries. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.