Relative Coastal Change Potential Assessment of Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ) to Sea-Level and Coastal Change

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

USGS Open-File Report 2004-1373

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Relative coastal change potential for Kenai Fjords National Park. The colored shoreline represents the relative coastal change potential index (CPI) determined from the six variables. The very high change potential shoreline is located along sandy pocket beaches where shoreline change potential and significant wave heights are highest. The low change potential shoreline is located along rock cliffs usually within sheltered locations in the fjords.

The Change Potential Index (CPI) provides insight into the relative potential of coastal change due to future changes in sea-level. 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 changes; and 2) as a planning tool for Kenai Fjords National Park.


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