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Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Assess Vegetation Resiliency and Water Quality Concerns to Enhance Green Infrastructure Plans in Light of Extreme Weather Events

In response to projected sea level rise and extreme weather events, Miami Beach and other urban areas surrounding Biscayne Bay are developing adaptive strategies to mitigate the effects of changing environmental conditions. City officials are involved with ongoing efforts to reduce storm damage and monitor water quality with the goal of protecting coastal resources. Some important considerations for these adaptive strategies include identifying resilient plant species and gaining a better understanding of water quality patterns. This NASA DEVELOP project employed Earth observations to assess post-Hurricane Irma canopy loss and recovery, in addition to water quality changes of the surrounding bay. These analyses will assist the Miami Beach Public Works Department in enhancing restoration plans and undertaking proactive countermeasures by evaluating changing conditions across the Biscayne Bay area and providing additional predictive insights from deep learning models. The results of the vegetation damage and water quality analyses will aid the ecological management, hurricane preparedness, and land use planning efforts led by the city of Miami Beach to improve coastal resiliency.