Adaptation of Coastal Urban and Natural Ecosystems (ACUNE)

Southwest Florida
Submitted by:
Peter Sheng
University of Florida, Research Professor
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Project Description

The ACUNE project, which is near completion, developed a Geo Tool to inform communities in southwest Florida of the future coastal flooding risk in a changing climate, using the best available climate, ciastal, ecological, and economic sciences and models with funding from the NOAA Restore Sciene Program. The Geo Tool contains such products as the probabilistic coastal flood maps and asset maps for large coastal flood plain including Collier County and the Big Cypress Basin. Value of wetland for reducing flood damage has been assessed by the vegetation-resolving surge-wave model CH3D-SWAN. The ACUNE Geo Tool is used by stakeholders for coastal resiliency planning.

The ACUNE+ project, funded by the NOAA ESLR Program, is coupling models, projects, and programs to enable integrated assessment on the role of NNBF for buffering future coastal flooding risk due to compounded effects of sea level rise, intense storms, inland flooding, and evolving wetland condition in a changing climate. Currently, the coastal surge-wave model CH3D-SWAN is being coupled to the dynamic wetland model WARMER-Mangrove, BCB-FLOOD watershed model, and the FLO-2D stormwater model.

The ACUNE+ project is using the integrated modeling system to assess the feasibility of proposed potential wetland restoration projects for southwest Florida.

Key Successes

Stakeholders are using the various products in the Geo Tool for adaptive and resilience planning


Lack of detailed building data and elevation of all infrastructures
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