Mapping the Urban Realm to Enhance Community Resilience

Tropical urban forests provide recreational benefits and a wide range of environmental services, including protection from storms, sea level rise, and coastal erosion, and protection for coral reefs and nearshore marine ecosystems. The Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program brought partners and stakeholders together to define the type and location of these forests in Hawaii.

The resulting “Urban Realm” data layer was assembled using the high-resolution land cover data, available from NOAA’s Digital Coast, and depicted existing urbanized areas and nearby forests. With the urban realm mapped, the state was better able to identify urban forests, develop a set of long-term management activities and environmental literacy initiatives, and enhance the health of coastal ecosystems and the resilience of coastal communities. (2016)

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Partners: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Hawaii Office of Planning GIS Program