Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Gateway National Recreation Area (GATE) to Sea-Level Rise

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

USGS Open-File Report 2004-1257

Download CVI Shoreline Shapefile and metadata

View photographs from field visit to Gateway National Recreation Area


Relative Coastal Vulnerability for Gateway National Recreation Area. 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 generally located along Sandy Hook where shoreline change rates and wave heights are highest. High vulnerability shoreline is along the eastern end of the Breezy Point Unit. Moderate and low vulnerability is concentrated along the Staten Island Unit.

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 an indication of where physical changes are most likely to occur as sea-level rises; and 2) as a planning tool for Gateway National Recreation Area.


Visit Gateway National Recreation Area homepage

Back to Main Project Page