Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise
E. Robert Thieler, Jeff Williams, Erika Hammar-Klose
Woods Hole Field Center, Woods Hole, MA

U.S. Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise
This project, within the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program's National Assessment, seeks to objectively determine the relative risks due to future sea-level rise for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Through
the use of a coastal vulnerability index, or CVI, the relative risk that physical changes will occur as sea-level rises is quantified based on the following criteria: tidal range, wave height, coastal slope, shoreline change, geomorphology, and historical rate of relative sea-level rise.
This approach combines a coastal system's susceptibility to change with its natural ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions, and yields a relative measure of the system's natural vulnerability to the effects of sea-level rise.
The USGS is now involved with the National Park Service applying the CVI to coastal park units.

Products

Open-File Reports:
      
The following reports were published on paper in 1999-2000. These reports describe the data collection, ranking methods and hazards assessments made for the Atlantic coast, the Pacific coast, and the Gulf of Mexico coast.
New York - New Jersey coast 
Atlantic Coast  
Thieler, E.R., and Hammar-Klose, E.S., 1999. National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Atlantic Coast. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 99-593, 1 sheet
Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/of99-593/

 San Francisco areaPacific Coast 
Thieler, E.R., and Hammar-Klose, E.S., 2000. National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Pacific Coast. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 00-178, 1 sheet.
Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/of00-178/
Gulf of Mexico coastGulf Coast  
Thieler, E.R., and Hammar-Klose, E.S., 2000. National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coast. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 00-179, 1 sheet.
Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/of00-179/

Digital Data Series:
Hammar-Klose, and Thieler, E.R., 2001. Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: A Preliminary Database for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico Coasts. U.S. Geological Survey, Digital Data Series DDS-68, 1 CD-ROM

This CD-ROM contains all the data used to produce the three open-file reports for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts.

Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds68/

Fact Sheet:
U.S. Geological Survey
Fact Sheet 076-00
National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise.

Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/factsheet/fs76-00/

NPS Cooperative
Project :

More information available at:
http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/nps-cvi/

Fact Sheet available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs095-02/

 

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