What is the Coastal Viewer?
The Coastal Viewer is an online mapping tool that brings coastal resources spatial data, hazards-related spatial data, and other spatial data sets within NH’s 42 coastal watershed communities together in one place. Users can search for available data sets; display the data sets in multiple ways; and create, print, and share customized maps. Overall, the goals of the Coastal Viewer are to serve as a one-stop shop for all coastal resources and hazards-related spatial data in NH’s coastal watershed; to improve access to new and existing spatial data sets; and to provide information about coastal resources, hazards, and opportunities to reduce risk from these hazards and increase coastal resiliency.
The Coastal Viewer was developed by NH GRANIT as part of the Resilient NH Coasts project, which was coordinated by the NHDES Coastal Program and awarded funding in a competitive process by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office for Coastal Management. The overall project, completed in the spring of 2015, sought to help municipal leaders, community members, and business owners identify and understand coastal resources and hazards as well as ways to reduce vulnerability to these hazards. Visit the project website for more information.
Who is the Coastal Viewer for?
The Coastal Viewer is intended for a wide variety of people who want access to spatial data sets in an online map, including, but not limited to, municipal staff, volunteers, business owners, and community members. Experienced GIS users can use the Viewer to search for and find new and existing spatial data sets to download for use in their own software applications. Non-GIS users, who may not have access to the technical knowledge or software required by GIS applications, can use the Viewer to access and display data in customizable maps.