An electronic tabletop device that looks similar to a game could one day be a decision-making tool for land use planners and managers in the Gulf of Mexico region according to Dr. John Jacob, Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist and director of the Texas Coastal Watershed Program. With help from GOMA Resilience Team funding, a scenario model called Coastal CHARM was developed and recently showcased at the GOMA All Hands meeting in New Orleans. CHARM not only stands for Community Health And Resource Management, but it also captures how residents feel about their area; they want to keep the “coastal charm” of a community and it plays a significant role in resilience planning. View the CHARM tool.

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First posted September 2011.
Updated May 2017