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Office for Coastal Management, 2024: Assessing Habitat Vulnerability in a Time of Change - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Assessing Habitat Vulnerability in a Time of Change - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

Several reserves collaborated to develop the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats. The tool helps decision makers evaluate a habitat’s vulnerability to climate change and prioritize it for conservation or restoration. South Carolina’s North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve and the Chesapeake Bay Virginia Reserve worked with local partners to refine and pilot this tool and share it with the national reserve system.


As the climate shifts, coastal habitats face a number of threats—changes in precipitation patterns, higher temperatures, rising seas, and invasive species. Land managers and decision makers need to know which habitat types are most vulnerable to these changes in order to prioritize their actions.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead and Contact:

Jennifer Plunket, North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR,

Project Type: Collaborative Research


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None climate adaptation
None climate change
None vulnerability assessment

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Chesapeake Bay VA
None Great Bay, NH
None Mission Aransas, TX
None Narragansett Bay, RI
None North Inlet-Winyah Bay, SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 878705
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 880921
W° Bound: -79.285
E° Bound: -79.15
N° Bound: 33.375
S° Bound: 33.204

North Inlet-Winyah Bay, SC NERR

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 2

CC ID: 880922
W° Bound: -70.97
E° Bound: -70.82
N° Bound: 43.18
S° Bound: 42.975

Great Bay, NH NERR

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 3

CC ID: 880919
W° Bound: -76.91
E° Bound: -76.35
N° Bound: 37.6
S° Bound: 37.2

Chesapeake Bay VA NERR

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 4

CC ID: 880920
W° Bound: -97.3
E° Bound: -96.75
N° Bound: 28.32
S° Bound: 27.82

Mission Aransas, TX NERR

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 5

CC ID: 880923
W° Bound: -71.375
E° Bound: -71.29
N° Bound: 41.68
S° Bound: 41.57

Narragansett Bay, RI NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 878710
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2013-09-01
End: 2015-06-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 878707
URL Type:
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57713
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57713
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-24 15:07+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-11-01
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-11-01