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A Web-Based Interactive Decision-Support Tool for Adaptation of Coastal Urban and Natural Ecosystems (ACUNE) in Southwest Florida

Implementing Organization

University of Florida


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program


Project Category


Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources


Project Description

Southwest Florida contains the largest area of tidally influenced public lands in the Gulf of Mexico and the fastest growing urban landscape in Florida. Both the human and natural components of the ecosystem are under increasing risk due to the threats of a growing human population, sea level rise, and tropical cyclones. Dr. Sheng and his colleagues, working with local governments, will develop a decision-support tool to aid resource managers with preservation and restoration of mangrove, marsh, and beach habitats and adaptation of water management efforts to mitigate future salt water intrusion in estuaries and their associated habitats. This will be accomplished in two steps. First, a suite of coupled state-of-the-art models will be used to create inundation, salinity distribution, habitat distribution, beach and barrier islands vulnerability, and economic impact maps for current and future climates and for various sea level rise scenarios specific to the region. The researchers will then integrate the maps into an Adaptation of Coastal Urban and Natural Ecosystems (ACUNE) web-based interactive decision-support tool that enables users to identify areas of high vulnerability in many layers of interest. This information will be useful for strategic coastal resiliency planning. To ensure the tools use, end-users will be consulted during its development and trained on how to use the tool.


Y. Peter Sheng
352-392-9537 x1521
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Project Partners

US Geological Survey (USGS), The Institute of Regional Conservation

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