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June 19
Coastal Visualization Tool:  CanVis

​Written by Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow.

Coastal view at Rodanth, N.C., and CanVis simulations of what it would look like if wind turbines were placed 1km and 4km offshore (Source: NOAA).

CanVis is a visualization program used to “see” potential impacts from coastal development or sea level rise.  Users can use their own background pictures and insert pre-supplied objects (buildings, docks, marinas, people, trees, water, or other objects) to tailor the photo to their needs.  CanVis can be used by counties to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning and make presentations.  The software is similar to Adobe Photoshop, but is free and is meant to help with simulated coastal scenarios.  To download CanVis, watch training videos and learn how other communities are using the software, click here.

The Digital Coast has quickly become one of the most widely used resources in the coastal management community. In addition to CanVis, dozens of other tools are available, as well as coastal data, training and stories.  All of these resources can be used to address pressing needs such as resilience planning and habitat conservation.

NACo is one of eight organizations that collaborate with NOAA to form the Digital Coast Partnership.  The other organizations are the American Planning Association, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Coastal States Organization, National Estuarine Research Reserves Association, National States Geographic Information Council, The Nature Conservancy and Urban Land Institute.


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