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:
As ranked in this study, coastal geomorphology is the most important variable in determining the CVI. Coastal slope, wave height, relative sea-level rise, and tide range provide large-scale variability to the coastal vulnerability index. Erosion and accretion rates contribute the greatest variability to the CVI at short (~3 km) spatial scales. The rates of shoreline change, however, are the most complex and poorly documented variable in this data set. The rates used here are based on a dated, low-resolution data set and thus far corrections have been made only on a preliminary level. To best understand where physical changes may occur, large-scale variables must be clearly and accurately mapped, and small-scale variables must be understood on a scale that takes into account their geologic, environmental, and anthropogenic influences.