Environmental studies

the NOAA Digital Coast Sea level rise viewer

Discussion Board – Where I Live Assignment and DB
YOU WILL RECEIVE TWO SEPARATE SETS OF SCORES FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT – 25 points for Discussion 6 and 20 points for the Project assignment. However, there is only one thing for you to submit, and that is the original post in this discussion thread. You will receive one grade in the gradebook – Discussion 6 will be 45 points total.
The assignment description with reference images can be found at this link
Pick any coastal U.S. County you would like, such as where you grew up, where you would like to live, where you vacation, etc. You will use this county throughout the activity to build an understanding of the impact climate change is and can have on that area. Some of these resources are unfortunately only available for counties designated as ‘coastal’ according to NOAA and each state’s coastal policies. That is why assignment must be completed for a designated coastal county, but you can choose anywhere in the U.S.
Step 1: Go to the NOAA Digital Coast website for County Snapshots, (Links to an external site.). Select the green ‘Launch’ button to open the tool. You can either use the drop-down menus to select a state, then county, or navigate using the map. An example using Fairfax County, VA is included in the assignment description link provided. Once you have selected your county, scroll down and you will have access to various reports from that county on Wetlands, Flooding, Ocean Jobs. Open the Flooding and Wetlands reports for your county. For each, you can select at the very top right of the screen the button that says, ‘Print This Snapshot’ and then select to ‘Save as PDF’ in the Destination option. You can save both reports for late use.
Step 2: Go to the NOAA Digital Coast Sea level rise viewer (Links to an external site.). Launch the tool and select ‘Get Started’ on the splash screen. You will see a map of the U.S. with navigation options and a bar indicating water level in feet on the left. Navigate using the zoom options and by inputting a location name at the top of the screen. Click on the water drops to see local landmarks and then use the water level slide bar to see how the location would look under different sea level rise scenarios. Select the ‘Local Scenarios’ option, then the closest icon to the county you picked to research. This will give you the set of possible scenarios for the area. Move the circle icon to the ‘Intermediate High’ option and then the water level to the year 2040 (reasonably assuming we will all be around in 2040 to see what actually happens). Take a screenshot and save it for later. Then select the ‘Vulnerability’ option on the left navigation bar and take a screenshot of that view.
Step 3: Go to the NOAA Digital Coast Historic Hurricane Tracks tool, (Links to an external site.). On the splash screen enter the county name. It will open the viewer and show at first only the storms that had the eye track directly through the county. We want to expand this a little because as we know well in North Carolina, the storm doesn’t need to be right on top of our location to have significant impacts on communities. Use the ‘Search Distance’ option at the top to enter ’50 miles'(this is a common area of extent for tropical cyclones). Then select the printer icon to print to PDF the map and list of storms.
Step 4: Finally, we are going to incorporate a current event, the COVID-19 pandemic into our discussion. Go to ESRI’s ArcGIS Online COVID response homepage, (Links to an external site.) and select the COVID-19 Trends for U.S. Counties. Use the map to navigate to, then click on the county you have selected. Take a screenshot of the descriptive summery (see example in the attached assignment description).
Below is the content (derived from the steps above) that you must have in your discussion board original post:
Paragraph 1: Tell us what county you investigated and explain why you researched this location. Include either a link to a map or an image showing where the county is.
Paragraph 2: In bulleted statement form, summarize the results from Step 1 (Wetlands and Flood risks) for your county. Report the following:
• Total population and percentage in FEMA floodplain
• Overview of critical facilities in FEMA floodplain, especially medical facilities
• Total acres and percentage of land area that are wetlands in the county
• Percentages of Wetland, Developed, and Agriculture in Floodplain
Paragraph 3: In bulleted statement form, summarize the results from Steps 2 & 3. Report the following:
• Describe your county’s hurricane risk. Does it appear that your county sees a lot of storms?
• Do you see many category 5 storms?
• What is the most recent storm (name, date, category) to impact your county?
• Since flooding and damage from storms are predicted to increase with future sea level rise, what was the water level for your county’s ‘Intermediate High’ scenario?
• Was a lot of your county classified as low or high vulnerability? (darker red = more vulnerable)
Paragraph 4: Report on your county’s COVID data from the ArcGIS story map.
• What is your county’s trend (spreading, epidemic, controlled, etc.)?
• Report Total cases, Active cases, and Deaths (including percentage)
• Based on the colors of surrounding counties, how does your county appear to compare in terms of cases?
Concluding Paragraphs: What was your reaction to the data you discovered about your chosen county? Based on the environmental data and case information from the COVID-19 map, what challenges do you see for the near future (immediate for the current hurricane season, near-term up to 2040) in dealing with a major health crisis at the same time as natural hazards such as storms, flooding, and sea level rise?
• Were you surprised by any of the results?
• Are you surprised this information is readily available and yet it is largely unknown by the public?
• Would you use this information in the future to guide your home selection or for any other reason?
• How could and would you use these data in your nursing practice?
In total, we are looking for a minimum of 5 paragraphs but could be far more. This is a project after all and should be thoroughly developed and well written. You are more than welcome to save all your screenshots into a WORD document or PDF to attach to your original post for reference and to further the discussion. You are also welcomed to insert the images directly into your post. However, neither is required, the screenshots and saved PDFs are just to save the information while you draft your original post.