Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center > Sea Level Rise Hazards and Decision Support
The Sea Level Rise Hazards and Decision Support project assesses the potential impacts of sea level rise and provides tools for coastal management decision making. Historical and recent observations of coastal change are combined with model simulations of coastal environments such as barrier islands, wetlands, and coastal aquifers. A variety of methods including Bayesian networks are used to integrate the information to evaluate the probability of sea level rise impacts and communicate these to managers who face decisions to avoid, mitigate, or adapt to future hazards.
Coastal Vulnerability Index Assessments for the Contiguous U.S.
Preliminary assessments of sea-level rise vulnerability for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. A coastal vulnerability index (CVI) quantifies relative vulnerability based on physical processes and geologic setting.
Coastal Vulnerability Assessments for National Park Units
The USGS, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), conducted coastal vulnerability assessments of 22 NPS units to assist NPS in managing its valuable resources, highlighting areas that are likely to be most affected by future sea-level rise.
Sea-level Rise and Shoreline Change Probability for U.S.
This approach to characterizing potential sea-level rise impacts to coastal change uses a Bayesian Network to predict shoreline-change rates based on sea-level rise plus variables that describe the hydrodynamic and geologic setting for the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii.
Coastal Landscape Response to Sea-level Rise
This assessment predicts the coastal landscape-scale response to sea-level rise under a range of future scenarios by evaluating the likelihood of inundation as well as dynamic coastal change.
This research seeks to improve the capability to evaluate the effect of coastal change on piping plover habitat availability and utilization through field data collection, and testing and application of models.
Coastal Groundwater Systems
Changes in climate and sea level will drive changes to the coastal groundwater system that will impact both human populations and coastal ecosystems. This research uses field and model data to simulate the evolution of shallow groundwater systems as sea-level rises.
Many of the scientific and data products described here are available on the USGS Coastal Change Hazards PortalNews
(Available: Mobile Applications at US Geological Survey)
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