Climate Adaptation in North Carolina: Assessing Coastal Habitat for Natural Shoreline Stabilization
The goal of this assessment is to identify potential natural stabilization sites along Dare and Hyde counties. This study identifies suitable oyster and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) habitat. It will inform environmental managers about potential sites for oyster and SAV restoration for the development of living shorelines.
- Conduct a habitat criteria literature review for applicable oyster and SAV species.
- Develop habitat suitability indices based on species literature reviews and management constraints.
- Develop species habitat maps through GIS spatial analyses.
- Present recommendations to guide environmental managers in site selection and project development for future natural stabilization projects.