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Socioeconomic

Learn about the ocean’s value to your local economy with the Portal’s Socioeconomic data. The map data are derived from the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) Explorer database, available through NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management Digital Coast Partnership. The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean recently published a report on the economic vulnerabilities that climate change poses for to the region. We offer map data produced for the report as a resource for users. You can download it at http://portal.midatlanticocean.org/static/data_manager/data-download/Zip_Files/Socioeconomic/CCV_CoastalMidAtlantic_Counties.zip.

Population Density

Population density by Census tract based on 2015 population estimate.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Esri

Notes:

Census tracts for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastal zones were extracted from a national dataset and displayed by population density. The area shown includes tracts from North Carolina to Maine that fall within "coastal watershed counties" as defined by NOAA.

Ocean Employment as Percent of County Employment (2015)

This map depicts ocean employment as a percent of county employment in 2015. The underlying data is at the shore-adjacent Census tract level. The ocean economy sector is defined as comprising six sectors: marine construction, living resources, minerals, ship and boat building, marine transportation, and tourism and recreation. Together, these six sectors accounted for 628,755 jobs across the region.

The data presented were compiled by the Research Group of the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean. For more information regarding the data, please see the Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid Atlantic Region report.

Source: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean; Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, NOAA

Notes:

The report, “Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Region,” was prepared as part of the MARCO-led “Planning for a Changing Ocean” project, which aimed to better understand how a changing climate impacts our ocean and the Mid-Atlantic’s diverse marine ecosystems, coastal communities and economies. The project examined the implications for resilience of current trends, including increased acidification of coastal and ocean waters, the availability of offshore sand resources and shifting marine life habitats. The effort was a collaboration of MARCO and the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Seasonal Housing Vulnerability Rank (3ft SLR)

This dataset contains various socio-economic indicators, sea level rise (SLR) scenarios and vulnerability rankings for counties contained in the Mid-Atlantic region. Socio-economic indicators include: population, housing units, season housing units, employment, seasonal employment, fisheries engagement and reliance, social vulnerability index scores, tranportation (major roads and railways) and infrastructure (energy and water). Two SLR scenarios were examined using the NOAA SLR Viewer; 3 ft and 6 ft. Each socio-economic indicator was weighted using each SLR scenario and counties were ranked based on their vulnerability (1-Highest, 63-Lowest). This dataset contains the raw values, weighted values and ranks for each scenario, as well as an overall combined rank for vulnerability.

The data presented on the Mid-Atlantic section of the NOEP website were compiled the Research Group of the Center for the Blue Economy(CBE) for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean. For more information regarding the data, please see the Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid Atlantic Region report.

Source: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean; Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, NOAA

Notes:

The report, “Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Region,” was prepared as part of the MARCO-led “Planning for a Changing Ocean” project, which aimed to better understand how a changing climate impacts our ocean and the Mid-Atlantic’s diverse marine ecosystems, coastal communities and economies. The project examined the implications for resilience of current trends, including increased acidification of coastal and ocean waters, the availability of offshore sand resources and shifting marine life habitats. The effort was a collaboration of MARCO and the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Seasonal Housing Vulnerability Rank (6ft SLR)

This dataset contains various socio-economic indicators, sea level rise (SLR) scenarios and vulnerability rankings for counties contained in the Mid-Atlantic region. Socio-economic indicators include: population, housing units, season housing units, employment, seasonal employment, fisheries engagement and reliance, social vulnerability index scores, tranportation (major roads and railways) and infrastructure (energy and water). Two SLR scenarios were examined using the NOAA SLR Viewer; 3 ft and 6 ft. Each socio-economic indicator was weighted using each SLR scenario and counties were ranked based on their vulnerability (1-Highest, 63-Lowest). This dataset contains the raw values, weighted values and ranks for each scenario, as well as an overall combined rank for vulnerability.

The data presented on the Mid-Atlantic section of the NOEP website were compiled the Research Group of the Center for the Blue Economy(CBE) for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean. For more information regarding the data, please see the Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid Atlantic Region report.

Source: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean; Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, NOAA

Notes:

The report, “Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Region,” was prepared as part of the MARCO-led “Planning for a Changing Ocean” project, which aimed to better understand how a changing climate impacts our ocean and the Mid-Atlantic’s diverse marine ecosystems, coastal communities and economies. The project examined the implications for resilience of current trends, including increased acidification of coastal and ocean waters, the availability of offshore sand resources and shifting marine life habitats. The effort was a collaboration of MARCO and the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Total Seasonal Housing Units (2015)

This map depicts total seasonal housing units at the county level in 2015. The underlying data is at the shore-adjacent Census tract level. Seasonal housing is defined for the American Community Survey as “housing left vacant for seasonal use.” Across the region, there were 439,000 seasonal units in shore-adjacent tracts in the Mid-Atlantic region. New Jersey led the region with 116,000 units. Maryland had 90,000, New York 70,000, Delaware 33,000 and Virginia 22,000.

The data presented were compiled by the Research Group of the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean. For more information regarding the data, please see the Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid Atlantic Region report.

Source: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean; Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, NOAA

Notes:

The report, “Climate Change Vulnerabilities in the Coastal Mid-Atlantic Region,” was prepared as part of the MARCO-led “Planning for a Changing Ocean” project, which aimed to better understand how a changing climate impacts our ocean and the Mid-Atlantic’s diverse marine ecosystems, coastal communities and economies. The project examined the implications for resilience of current trends, including increased acidification of coastal and ocean waters, the availability of offshore sand resources and shifting marine life habitats. The effort was a collaboration of MARCO and the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Ocean Economics GDP

This layer contains data on the gross domestic product, or revenue of the business activities in the six economic sectors that are dependent on the resources of the oceans and Great Lakes. They include: Marine Construction, Living Resources, Offshore Mineral Extraction, Ship and Boat Building, Tourism and Recreation, Marine Transportation, and a total, All Ocean Sectors. This information is harvested from the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW). The ENOW data provides time-series data on the ocean and Great Lakes economy, which includes six economic sectors dependent on the oceans and Great Lakes, and measures four economic indicators: Establishments, Employment, Wages, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The annual time-series data are available for about 400 coastal counties, 30 coastal states, 8 regions, and the nation.

Source: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM), MarineCadastre.gov

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