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Thresholds Table for Coastal Species and Habitats

Synthesizing sea-level rise and storm-threshold data for 44 fish, wildlife, and plant species of conservation concern, as well as for four coastal habitats, the new species threshold table for the multi-LCC coastal resilience project contains a wealth of information formatted into an easy-to-use spreadsheet to give stakeholders insight on decisions and tradeoffs regarding the management of coastal resources.

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Excel table of species and habitat threshold data available for download on the North Atlantic LCC Coastal Resiliency site

Additional Resources

The thresholds table is one of many resources featured in the Coastal Resilience Resource List developed by the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Resiliency Project

Technical description

This new tool is a compilation and synthesis of sea level rise and storm threshold data for 44 fish, wildlife, and plant species of conservation concern, as well as for four coastal habitats, organized into two tables. Users can search for a species or habitat of interest to see what threshold data, qualitative assessments, and/or research exist related to the threats from sea level rise and storms, as well as responses to management approaches. Of the species included in this table, 22 (50%) have quantitative threshold data available related to future sea level rise scenarios or storms that would compromise some aspect of their reproduction, productivity, or population. Thirteen species (30%) are projected to lose at least 50% of their population or habitat (e.g. foraging, nesting, spawning, or resting habitat) in certain locations with a 0.5 m or greater rise in sea levels. This information can be used by natural resource managers and others interested in learning about the threats from sea level rise and storms on vulnerable species and habitats and incorporating threats into restoration and coastal adaptation efforts.

Project Contact(s):

, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative
, North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Gulf Restoration Program

LCC Staff Contact(s):

, Coastal Resilience Research Associate

Thresholds Table for Coastal Species and Habitats
Product Type(s):
Foundation Information
Maps, Spatial Datasets, and Databases
Resource Type: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Invertebrates, Mammals, Plants, Reptiles
Conservation Targets: Coastal and Marine
Conservation Framework: Biological Planning
Threats/Stressors: Sea-level rise and storm impacts
Conservation Action: Site/area management, Species management

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