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Hurricane Sandy Response - Storm Impacts and Vulnerability of Coastal Beaches

Introduction

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USGS forecasts of coastal change during hurricanes provide critical information to identify areas vulnerable to extreme, and potentially catastrophic, erosion during landfall. The Storm Impacts and Vulnerability of Coastal Beaches project will use post-Sandy lidar elevation data to update assessments of storm-induced coastal erosion hazards for Northeast beaches. Extensive data sets on beach morphology and storm hydrodynamics will be used to evaluate and improve the accuracy of pre-landfall forecasts of erosion. Social, economic, and infrastructure elements will be incorporated into the forecasts to identify community exposure and sensitivity to coastal-change hazards.

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