Tools and Learning Resources

Links to trainings, tools, webinars and materials relevant to coastal decision makers

  • COVID on the Coast: Capturing the Story of What Happened, How We're Coping and What's Next - A 3-part series highlighting the challenges, solutions and silver linings surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact in coastal Virginia.  Click on the links below for more.  
"COVID on the Coast" Trailer
  • View the COVID on the Coast trailer here
  • Panel 1: Government officials, including representatives from federal, state, regional and local agencies
  • Panel 2: Educators, including formal and informal practitioners
  • Panel 3: Research scientists and managers, including academic and regulatory representatives  
  • Resource Bank: Additional resources to supplement recorded conversations and inspire solutions
  • Living Shorelines Academy
    Learn about living shorelines – what they are, how they are designed and built, and how they serve our coastal habitats and communities. Whether you are a property owner looking for alternatives to mitigate erosion on your shoreline property, or a contractor or a policy maker looking to gain more in depth knowledge about the design and permitting of living shorelines, on this site you can find a course, project databases, literature and additional resources to help you achieve those goals.
  • Marine Planning and Management Training Opportunities
    Short courses, tools trainings, graduate/postgraduate degree programs, other resources
  • NOAA's Digital Coast Academy
    Offering a wide range of learning resources
  • Whole-Community Coastal Climate Resilience Planning
    Planners, local officials and community leaders can take this online training to learn about a new framework for holistic, community-based resilience planning to more equitably and meaningfully engage historically underrepresented and vulnerable communities in resilience planning. 
  • 2020 Draft WQM Assessment GIS Application
    VA DEQ Mapping application containing all WQA impairment types for 2020 draft data
  • AdaptVA
    Provides an interface to consider multiple aspects of the coastal plain simultaneously, using infrastructure and natural resource inventories, flood risk maps, water level forecasts, story maps, and policy information
  • Chesapeake Bay Environmental Forecasting System
    Simulates dissolved-oxygen and acidification metrics throughout the Chesapeake Bay
  • Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System
    Provides meteorological, oceanographic and water-quality data
  • Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative Data Explorer
    A portal to all of the data collected (including water quality, and benthic macroinvertebrates) through the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative
  • CoastWatch - East Coast Node
    Provides timely access to near real-time satellite data to monitor, restore and manage U.S. coastal ocean resources, and understand climate variability and change.
  • How's My Waterway?
    Designed to provide water quality information on local waterways (EPA)
  • Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal
    An online toolkit and resource center that consolidates available data and enables state, federal and local users to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information such as fishing grounds, recreational areas, shipping lanes, habitat areas, and energy sites, among others.
  • NOAA's Digital Coast Tools
    71 unique tools that help interpret data through a variety of outputs and visualizations
  • Resilience in a Box
    Resources to guide companies toward addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions
  • Shoreline Decision Support Tool
    An interactive guidance system that provides the user with a recommended shoreline erosion control strategy
  • VECOS: Virginia Estuarine and Coastal Observing System
    Designed to distribute the results of water quality and meteorological data monitoring efforts from the Chesapeake Bay and associated tributaries within Virginia
  • Integrating Water Quality and Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning (archived)
    In this webcase, experts discuss how to align program goals and activities to create a cooperative, coordinated water protection and hazard mitigation approach.
  • Open Channels Webinar Archives (archived)
    A variety of webinars focused on sustainable management and conservation
  • Restoration Webinar Series (ongoing)
    Hosted by NOAA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this webinar series communicates new approaches, best management practices and innovative restoration techniques to some of our nation’s greatest restoration challenges. The series covers a broad spectrum of topics including: planning and implementing restoration projects; project monitoring and evaluation at multiple time scales; accounting for a changing climate in restoration; regional restoration planning and priority setting; and permitting. Archived webinars found here
  • Water Research Webinar Series (ongoing)
    EPA's Office of Research and Development hosts this webinar series to share current research activities and results. Through innovative science and engineering, EPA’s researchers are developing cost-effective, sustainable solutions to 21st century complex water issues. The scientific results and innovative technologies developed support EPA’s mandate to protect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our Nation’s water resources, and to ensure safe drinking water and water systems.
  • Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency - Reports (Varied reports on coastal hazards and sea level rise in Virginia)
  • Management, Policy, Science and Engineering of Nonstructural Erosion Control in the Chesapeake Bay: Proceedings of the 2006 Living Shoreline Summit.  This document contains information designed for coastal managers, policy-makers, landowners, marine contractors, engineers, scientists, and regulators on the practice of, construction of, and case studies for living shorelines.  Proceedings Full Document  
  • Sea Level Rise: Local Fact Sheet for the Middle Peninsula, Virginia  (Prepared by William G. Reay, and Sandra Y. Erdle, CBNERRVA) 
  • Shoreline Management Handbook - Covers the history behind the passage of the original tidal wetlands legislation (VA) in 1972, up to contemporary details of the shoreline permit application and approval process. It also addresses the duties of wetlands boards, how to conduct public hearings, and how shoreline management relates to larger restoration goals. While the main target audience for the Handbook is Virginian citizen regulators on local wetland boards, the Handbook is also useful for regulatory agency staff, policy analysts, coastal resource managers, and the general public. 
  • Stormwater BMPs - Guidance, webcasts and other helpful resources from the Chesapeake Stormwater Newtork
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