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The Nature Conservancy


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, USA - South, USA - Midwest, USA - Northeast, New Jersey, South and Central America, Caribbean, Oceania, Asia, Connecticut, Maine, Hawai'i, Coastal, California, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia

Coastal Resilience Mapping Portal

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  • This interactive mapping portal provides an abundance of information about many coastal areas around the world. 
  • With numerous customizable map layers, students will be able to see how sea level rise, strong storms, and natural coastal restoration efforts can affect these coastal communities. 
  • Students will learn about the coastal areas of Puerto Rico, Honduras, Indonesia, Australia, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and several of the United States.
Teaching Tips


  • The maps can help students see how various factors might impact local communities.
  • Each location has some unique or locally-specific information.  

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be beneficial to explore the maps you're interested in using ahead of time to get familiar with the data available.
  • Some maps are available in Spanish.


  • Advanced students could explore the maps in groups or independently, but other students may require more guidance or a demonstration to use these maps.
  • Social studies classes could incorporate these maps into lessons about the unequal effects of climate change on various communities around the world.
  • Geography classes could utilize these maps for lessons about the societal benefits of ecosystems, ecosystem services that human developments rely on, and natural barriers that protect coastal communities from natural disasters.
  • Science classes could use this resource to highlight natural mitigation and adaptation efforts and the importance of coastal ecosystems.
Scientist Notes
The resource explains how coastal hazards are mapped to build resilience in coastal communities. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS.ETS1.4 Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
  • Social Sciences
    • Geography (K-12)
      • HS.38 Use technologies to create maps to display and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
      • HS.47 Assess the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
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