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The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) is a center within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. CIESIN works at the intersection of the social, natural, and information sciences, and specializes in on-line data and information management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research related to human interactions in the environment.

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New Mapping Tools Support Environmental Decision Making for Jamaica Bay

Left side of image shows screenshot of Jamaica Bay Water Quality Data Visualization and Access Tool, right side shows screenshot of Adaptmap

Jamaica Bay in New York is a vital natural resource for the New York metropolitan area that is facing a range of human and environmental stresses. CIESIN recently released two interactive mapping tools aimed at helping decision makers and the general public better understand and manage these stresses: AdaptMap and the Jamaica Bay Water Quality Data Visualization and Access Tool.

AdaptMap demonstrates how sea level rise may worsen storm-driven flooding in the Jamaica Bay watershed. Users may view future flood adaptation scenarios to see how potential flooding might be reduced, and examine the costs and benefits of alternative adaptation measures. To provide historical context, AdaptMap includes past landscapes for the years 1609 and 1877, with associated historic flood zones, and portrays landscape changes over time. AdaptMap was developed by CIESIN with partners at the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Wildlife Conservation Society, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The research team found that changes to the surrounding landscape since the 1870s have made the Bay more susceptible to flooding. They used this knowledge in developing nature-based adaptation approaches for reducing future flooding. The AdaptMap tool provides download access to underlying data sets, storm animations, and documentation, along with the ability to interactively visualize historic, present day, and potential future flooding. 

The Jamaica Bay Water Quality Data Visualization and Access Tool enables users to explore, visualize, and download water quality data and metadata for Jamaica Bay. It centralizes access to water quality data to facilitate research and education and to improve resource management and resilience in Jamaica Bay and the surrounding communities. CIESIN created the tool in collaboration with Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, with extensive stakeholder input and user testing. The water quality data sets were provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Gateway National Recreation Area of the National Park Service. The U.S. Department of the Interior supported the project as part of Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Funding awarded to the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay.

See: Introduction to AdaptMap
       About the Jamaica Bay Water Quality Database
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