Coastal Resilience Assessment of the Jacksonville and Lower St. Johns River Watersheds

The Jacksonville and Lower St. Johns River Watersheds Coastal Resilience Assessment focuses on identifying areas of open space where the implementation of restoration or conservation actions could build human community resilience and fish and wildlife habitat in the face of increasing storms and flooding impacts. The study is important to the area along the St. Johns River in Florida because the majority of the watershed features relatively flat topography at low elevation near the coast, which contributes to a high level of vulnerability. This area is vulnerable on three fronts: inland flooding moving downstream, coastal flooding moving upstream, and sea level rise.

This assessment combines human community assets, threats, stressors, and fish and wildlife habitat spatial data in a unique decision support tool to identify Resilience Hubs, which are defined as large area of contiguous land, that could help protect human communities from storm impacts while also providing important habitat to fish and wildlife if appropriate conservation or restoration actions are taken to preserve them in their current state. The Hubs were scored based on a Community Vulnerability Index that represents the location of human assets and their exposure to flooding events combined with Fish and Wildlife Richness Index that represents the number of fish and wildlife habitats in a given area. Local stakeholders and experts were critical to the assessment process by working with the project team to identify priority fish and wildlife species in the watershed and provide data sets and project ideas that have potential to build human community resilience and fish and wildlife habitat within the Jacksonville and Lower St. Johns River Watersheds.

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Source https://resilientcoasts.org/#Download
Author Crist, P.J., J. Oetting, R. White, M. Chesnutt, C. Scott, R. Sutter, P. Cutter, and G. Dobson.
Maintainer Greg Dobson
Last Updated August 20, 2019, 13:50 (UTC)
Created August 20, 2019, 13:47 (UTC)