Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS) to Sea-Level Rise

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

USGS Open-File Report 2004-1398

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Relative Coastal Vulnerability for Virgin Islands National Park. The colored shoreline represents the relative coastal vulnerability index (CVI) determined from the six variables.  The very high vulnerability shoreline is located along sandy pocket beaches where coastal slope and significant wave heights are highest. The low vulnerability shoreline is generally located along rock cliffs or in sheltered areas.

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 Kenai Fjords National Park.


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