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Evaluating sea level rise modeling for the Gulf of Mexico Coast

Formal Title: Evaluation of Regional Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)

Research Focus: Gulf of Mexico coastal habitats and wildlife

Conservation & Management Challenges:

Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners are undertaking numerous efforts to conserve and restore coastal resources, many of which are sensitive to the effects of climate change. Natural resource managers need improved computer modeling tools to effectively evaluate possible sea level rise scenarios along the Gulf of Mexico Coast to better predict the effects on valuable habitats and wildlife.

Research Overview:

Developing this science is a priority for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The project, part of a broader effort called the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment, involves evaluating results of a computer modeling tool that helps characterize the impacts of sea level rise on coastal marshes and the hundreds of species that depend on these habitats. It will address gaps in geographic coverage of the model and provide a consistent approach across the United States portion of the Gulf of Mexico, making Gulf-wide analyses more viable. These new capabilities will have countless applications for ensuring adequate habitat for Gulf Coast fish and wildlife under these changing conditions.

Results:

This project was completed in 2015.  

View or download the SLAMM final report.

View SLAMM reports and deliverables (spreadsheets, raster data files, etc) provided by Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc. 

View the SLAMM webinar presenting results from this project.

Access SLAMM project reports on ScienceBase.

Access Gulf-wide SLAMM data on the GCP LCC Conservation Planning Atlas.

 

See also this guide: "Keeping Pace, A Short Guide to Navigating SLR Models" from the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative

Status:

The single-year project was initiated in 2013 and completed in 2015. It was funded by the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Contacts:

Principal Investigator: Jonathan S. Clough, Warren Pinnacle Consulting, Inc., P.O. Box 315, Waitsfield, VT 05673

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506

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