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Coastal Landscape Response to Sea-Level Rise Assessment for the Northeastern United States

Bayside of barrier island showing moderate development along shoreline.

As part of the USGS Sea-Level Rise Hazards and Decision-Support project, this assessment seeks to predict the response to sea-level rise across the coastal landscape under a range of future scenarios by evaluating the likelihood of inundation as well as dynamic coastal change. The research is being conducted in conjunction with resource managers and decision makers from federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations and utilizes a structured decision-making approach to ensure research outcomes meet decision making needs.

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Recent Publications and News

Lentz, E.E., Thieler, E.R., Plant, N.P, Stippa, S.R., Horton, R., and Gesch, D.B. (2016).  Evaluation of dynamic coastal response to sea-level rise modifies inundation likelihood.  Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate295.

Climate Central news article, “New Hope for U.S. Coastlines Even as Seas Rise” about our sea-level rise model.[http://www.climatecentral.org/news/hope-for-us-coastlines-even-as-seas-rise-20159]

National Geographic news article, “Americans in Danger From Rising Seas Could Triple” about future sea level rise impacts on the coast. [http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160314-rising-seas-US-climate-flooding-florida/]

New York Times article, “Rising Sea Levels May Disrupt Lives of Millions, Study Says” about future sea level rise impacts on coastal populations. [http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/science/rising-sea-levels-global-warming-climate-change.html]

Daily Press news article, “Study: 70 percent of coastal Northeast could adapt to rising seas" about how our sea level rise model relates to marsh adaptation. [http://www.dailypress.com/news/science/dp-nws-coast-can-adapt-20160320-story.html]

 

 

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