Coastal Bank Erosion Hazard Maps
Presented by: Margot Mansfield, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have identified the position of ocean-facing coastal banks over the last 30 years and estimated coastal bank erosion over time. In addition to the coastal bank position in the MassDEP Wetlands data layer, top of coastal bank delineations are now available for multiple time periods between 2000 and 2014. High-resolution elevation data (LIDAR) and historical aerial photography were utilized for the project. The data were developed to identify the magnitude of coastal bank erosion and location of hotspots, and inform planning and policy efforts. The presentation and discussion will focus on the coastal bank erosion hazard data and its application.
Margot Mansfield is a climate change and coastal hazards analyst with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). She supports implementation of EEA’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program and leads EEA’s work on integrating statewide climate change projections into the MVP program and the MA Climate Change Clearinghouse. She also supports CZM’s StormSmart Coasts Program, including development and review of coastal hazards datasets and efforts on developing a regional monitoring protocol and guidance for living shoreline projects in coastal New England. Margot holds a Master of Science in Earth Science from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Science in Earth & Space Science from the University of Washington.