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June 2014

Preparing Coastal Areas for the Coming Storms

By Karen Richardson
Esri Writer

The Nature Conservancy uses Esri ArcGIS to power its suite of online mapping decision support tools, which organizations can use to prepare for and respond to storm surge and flood damage. The tools were used in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the article.

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The Nature Conservancy works with communities in the US Virgin Islands to determine key assets that may be vulnerable to sea level rise and storms.

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