In July 2010, APA joined the Digital Coast partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Services Center. This made APA the sixth and newest member of the partnership, which launched in 2008.

DC logoNOAA had been looking to expand its partnership, and APA was eager to offer its services to improve access to new tools and resources offered by Digital Coast for planners in coastal communities.

NOAA and APA worked out a scope of work for APA in a meeting at APA's Chicago office on June 22, 2010. In the initial years, APA received annual funding to underwrite its participation in Digital Coast.


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Digital Coast Products

Digital Coast Data Registry Webinars

The Digital Coast has unveiled a new one-stop shop for data and services known as the Digital Coast Data Registry. Webinar participants will learn how to use the data registry, how to access and download data, view a live demonstration of the data registry, and learn all about registry contributors.

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Training on Managing Visitor Use in Coastal and Marine Protected Areas

NOAA Coastal Services Center is sponsoring a two-day course designed to identify and define unacceptable visitor use impacts to natural resources and visitors' experiences and explore strategies and tactics to address them. The training is offered at minimal cost to participants and host organizations.

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Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

After compiling and organizing data from nearly 700 APA members who completed the Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey in late 2010, APA's Hazards Planning Research Center has completed the final report of survey results.

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Digital Coast Webinars

Introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with other professionals. Available for CM credit.


Tools and Resources

We suggest taking a close look at the following:

Coastal Inundation Toolkit

Habitat Priority Planner

Coastal County Snapshots

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flood Frequency Viewer

CanVis Simulation Tool

Land Cover Atlas

Planners may also wish to read the NOAA Coastal Services Center report, Hazard and Resiliency Planning: Perceived Benefits and Barriers Among Land Use Planners.

Outreach Opportunities

Part of the express purpose of APA participation in the Digital Coast partnership is to facilitate outreach to APA members concerning Digital Coast training, tools, services, and resources. Aside from sessions and presentations at the APA National Planning Conference, this can include presentations on Digital Coast and coastal planning issues at any of the APA chapter conferences in 30 states listed in the Coastal Zone Management Act. These include all states along the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the Great Lakes.

To inquire about including sessions or other presentations by APA Research or NOAA Digital Coast staff at chapter or section conferences or other functions, contact us at