Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)


The SERPPAS 'Good Map' Process

It has been long recognized within SERPPAS that partners who effectively work together around shared priorities and a ‘good map’ will achieve multiple and mutual benefits for all. Through a strategic planning process, SERPPAS worked hard to identify specific focus areas and strategic objectives that will advance the overall mission of SERPPAS: 2018 - 2020 SERPPAS Strategic Plan. The SERPPAS Good Map process aims to gather the necessary data to better identify and visualize these SERPPAS priorities which will help target resources, projects and ideas in strategic locations across the region.

SERPPAS defines a 'good map' as the use of best available/consistent data to depict priorities of a diverse group of partners in a visual way (on a map or many maps) that can be used to identify overlapping interests and areas where collaboration for mutual benefits can be achieved. The purpose of such a map is to help the SERPPAS partners better communicate their priorities and identify opportunities for collective action. 

Rather than a repository for all possible applicable data, the good map process is driven by fundamental questions raised by the SERPPAS partners that specifically relate to the SERPPAS Strategic Plan. Using spatial data to answer these questions helps identify some key data-sets as well as some gaps in data or data inconsistency, which has resulted in the investment of better/more data collection. For more background on the initial SERPPAS Good Map project, you can read the SERPPAS Good Map White Paper.

The specific SERPPAS 'good map' data layers have been incorporated into the REPI Interactive map, an already existing online mapping application supported by the Department of Defense (see below). There have also been some critical data layers added to the 'Environmental' and 'Resilience' data layer set that will be useful to SERPPAS partners.  Some of the SERPPAS specific data-sets that are now available on this mapping application are:

The SERPPAS Good Map process is intended to be on-going and complimentary to the strategic planning process in SERPPAS. It is the hope of the partnership that this process will create a baseline of spatial data and information from which to build upon.  As time passes and progress is made, new needs will be identified as well as new priority focuses based on the SERPPAS partners which will in turn influence the focuses of the SERPPAS Good Map.

REPI Interactive Map - inclusive of SERPPAS specific layers

The DoD Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program has developed an online mapping application for the use of its Federal, state, local, and NGO partners.  The purpose of this online tool is to provide partners with GIS locations of all military installations with completed REPI transactions, along with relevant information and resources for these projects. As a user, you can:

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There are many resources and tools provided by various SERPPAS partners and others that qualify as a 'good map', using the best available data and science to help us make informed decisions. Please see below for a list of some of these resources and tools. If you would l like to suggest another tool or resource to be listed here, please contact the SERPPAS Coordinator: 

Other Geospatial Resources

South Atlantic Coastal Study (

The South Atlantic Coastal Study or SACS is a four-year $18.4m study that identifies risks and vulnerabilities of coastal areas to increased hurricane and storm damage as a result of sea level rise.
The study area contains over 60,000 miles of coastline including only coastal areas affected by sea level rise: tidally-influenced shorelines where hurricane and storm damages are occurring, or are forecast to occur. The SACS is a multi-disciplinary study with a variety of products. This open data site provides access to all geospatial-related data and products. For additional information related to the study, visit the study home page:

The South Atlantic Conservation Blueprint is a living spatial plan to conserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. It identifies shared conservation priorities across the South Atlantic region.

Blueprint 2.2, released in November 2017, is a totally data-driven plan based on terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and cross-ecosystem indicators. It uses the current condition of those indicators to prioritize the most important areas for natural and cultural resources across the South Atlantic geography. Through a connectivity analysis, the Blueprint also identifies corridors that link coastal and inland areas and span climate gradients. The Blueprint reflects extensive feedback from the broader cooperative community, with more than 500 people from over 150 different organizations actively participating in its development so far.

The SECAS Blueprint  stitches together the work of multiple Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) into a map of shared conservation and restoration priorities across the Southeast and Caribbean. Just as a construction blueprint serves as a plan for achieving an architect’s design of a building, our Blueprint serves as a plan for making the SECAS vision a reality. The Blueprint combines multiple datasets, tools, and resources into one cohesive map that can be shared by regional planners, highway departments, developers, businesses, and conservation professionals alike. By providing regional context for local decisions, it will help organizations with different goals find common ground — opportunities to align their efforts to protect fish and wildlife habitat, improve quality of life for people, safeguard life and property, and develop strong economies. As the Blueprint informs the decisions affecting our communities, our livelihoods, and our natural and cultural heritage, it will shape a more sustainable future for our region.

The Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project. CLIP is a GIS database of statewide conservation priorities for a broad range of natural resources, including biodiversity, landscape function, surface water, groundwater, and marine resources.

Geospatial datasets for predicted habitat suitability for at-risk herpetofauna species in the longleaf pine system in the Southeast US 

The data contained in child items of this page were developed to support the Species Status Assessments conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and conservation planning for State, Federal, and non-government researchers, managers, landowners, and other partners for five focal herpetofauna species: gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus), southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus), Florida pine snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus), gopher frog (Lithobates capito), and striped newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus). These data were developed by the USGS Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Georgia in collaboration with other partners.

DoD Regionalized Sea Level Change & Extreme Water Level Scenarios (


The tool provides a range of site-specific scenarios of future sea level change for three time horizons in the 21st century.


Department of Defense (DoD) sites worldwide are potentially exposed to impacts from sea level change and extreme water levels. Given the uncertainties in future sea level change magnitude and timing, scenarios can assist in bounding and managing risks.


Global scenarios adjusted for local conditions enable planners and managers to understand and assess future sea level change and storm surge at a location.


The Digital Coast was developed to meet the unique needs of the coastal management community. The website provides not only coastal data, but also the tools, training, and information needed to make these data truly useful. Content comes from many sources, all of which are vetted by NOAA.

Data sets range from economic data to satellite imagery. The site contains visualization tools, predictive tools, and tools that make data easier to find and use. Training courses are available online or can be brought to the user’s location. Information is also organized by focus area or topic.


Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.

As one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Geospatial Program, The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. 


The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is stored in a geodatabase implementation of the NHD model. This provides great flexibility and efficiency to allow the data to work well in analysis using a geographic information system (GIS).

The mission of the National Geospatial Program is to provide National topographic information to advance science, support government, enlighten citizens, and enable decision making. The NGP provides a foundation of digital geospatial data representing the topography, natural landscape, and manmade environment of the United States. Accessible through The National Map Data Download, customers can incorporate NGP geospatial products and services into their decision making and operational activities.

Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Coastal Change Hazards Portal, where you have interactive access to coastal change science and data for our Nation’s coasts. This page provides a summary of how to use the Portal's basic functions. We encourage you to explore and learn.

Coastal Change Hazards Information (

Welcome to the USGS EROS Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS). Data access and delivery services are provided by the following interfaces that take into consideration users' network capability. Users are able to obtain full-resolution GeoTIFF images or JPEG images at medium and low quality compressions.

Findings from the Regional Coastal Resilience Assessment are available through the Regional Coastal Resilience Assessment report​ and the interactive Coastal Resilience Evaluation and Siting Tool (CREST). These resources can be used by community planners, conservation organizations and others to make informed decisions about the potential of restoration, conservation or other resilience-related projects to achieve dual benefits for people and wildlife.

Applications, Maps, and Data for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and State Emergency Response Team.

NC Tool for Environmental, Agricultural and Military Reporting is an online tool that was developed in partnership with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to assist with conservation of natural and cultural resources, working lands, and areas that buffer military installations from incompatible use. This tool can be used to identify natural and cultural resource characteristics for a given parcel as well identify specific funding sources that may be appropriate for protecting that parcel. Learn more here: 



This is the one of the largest US map collections available for the United States of America. It consists of a state-by-state collection of 5 types of maps:

  • REFERENCE MAP – Major cities, highways and water features.
  • LAKES AND RIVERS MAP – Hydrography features for lakes, rivers and oceans.
  • COUNTY MAP – Counties, parishes and boroughs.
  • LANDMARKS MAP – Major landmarks including national parks, forests and things to do.
  • SATELLITE MAP – Landsat composite satellite imagery of the state.

Homepage | Gulf TREE

Gulf TREE was created to fulfill the need for guidance in climate tool selection. Stakeholders such as natural resource managers and community planners who understood the importance of incorporating climate resiliency into their projects struggled to find the right tool - the daunting process can be time-consuming, overwhelming, and very confusing.

This is why the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative (SSC), the Gulf of Mexico Climate Resilience Community of Practice (CoP), and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Resilience Team (GOMA) partnered on an interactive decision-support tree to help users find the right climate tool.

The National Risk Index (The Index) is an online tool to help illustrate the nation’s communities most at risk of natural hazards. It is made possible through a collaboration between FEMA and dozens of partners in academia; local, state and federal government; and private industry. 

The Georgia Low Impact Solar Siting Tool (LISST) was produced by NASA DEVELOP participants at the University of Georgia in Partnership with the Georgia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR). 

This application is designed to reduce spatial conflict between solar energy development and sensitive natural habitats. By analyzing and investigating the spatial relationships of these competing land uses, this application aims to serve as a screening tool for solar developers and community stakeholders to promote low impact development of solar energy facilities. It is not intended to replace consultation with federal/state agencies. 

Georgia Low Impact Solar Siting Tool (LISST) (