Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of War in the Pacific National Historical Park (WAPA) to Sea-Level Rise

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

USGS Open-File Report 2005-1056

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Relative Coastal Vulnerability for War in the Pacific National Historical Park. The colored shoreline represents the relative coastal vulnerability index (CVI) determined from the six variables.  The very high vulnerability shoreline is located along the sandy areas of the Agat Unit with the lowest coastal slopes. The low vulnerability shoreline is located along the rocky parts of the coast with steep coastal slopes.

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 War in the Pacific National Historical Park.


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