Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise:
A Preliminary Database for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico Coasts
U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series - 68


Introduction

       This CD-ROM is being released to allow users to access the digital data used in the following  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Reports:

Thieler, E.R., and Hammar-Klose, E.S., 1999. National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Atlantic Coast. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 99-593, 1 sheet.

Thieler, E.R., and Hammar-Klose, E.S., 2000. National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Pacific Coast. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 00-178, 1 sheet.

Thieler, E.R., and Hammar-Klose, E.S., 2000. National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Future Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coast. U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 00-179, 1 sheet.

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       In addition, the data used in the generation of these reports are included in geographic format as ArcExplorer projects, ArcView shape files and ArcInfo export files. The ArcExplorer projects require the installation of ESRI's ArcExplorer 1.1, available for download at http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/. In addition, an ArcExplorer User Guide is available at the same site.  More information on ArcExplorer and other ESRI products is available at http://www.esri.com.

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Background

       The goal of this project is to quantify, at the National scale, the relative susceptibility of the Nation's coast to sea- level rise through the use of a coastal vulnerability index (CVI).  This initial classification is based upon the variables coastal geomorphology, regional coastal slope, tidal range, wave height, historical rates of relative sea-level rise and shoreline erosion and accretion rates. The combination of these variables furnishes a broad overview of regions where physical changes are likely to occur due to sea-level rise.

       The coastal vulnerability index 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 a base for developing a more complete inventory of variables influencing the coastal vulnerability to future sea-level rise to which other elements can be added as they become available; and 2. as an example of the potential for assessing coastal vulnerability to future sea-level rise using objective criteria.


 

 

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