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Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cumberland Island National Seashore (CUIS) to Sea-Level Rise

Elizabeth A. Pendleton, E. Robert Thieler, S. Jeffress Williams

USGS Open-File Report 2004-1196

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 Relative Coastal Vulnerability for Cumberland Island National Seashore. The innermost color bar is the relative coastal vulnerability index (CVI).  The remaining color bars are separated into the geologic variables (1-3) and physical process variables (4 - 6).  The very high vulnerability shoreline is located where rates of shoreline erosion and significant wave heights are highest. The low vulnerability shoreline is located at the southern end of Cumberland Island and near Christmas Creek where shoreline accretion is common.

The Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) provides insight into the relative potential of coastal change due to future sea-level rise. The maps and data presented here can be viewed in at least two ways: 1) as indicators of where physical changes are most likely to occur as sea-level rises; and 2) as a planning tool for Cumberland Island National Seashore.


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