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National Assessment of Shoreline Change Project

Introduction

Sandy ocean beaches are naturally unstable as waves, currents, and winds constantly shift the landscape.
Shifting Sands: Sandy ocean beaches are naturally unstable as waves, currents, and winds constantly shift the landscape. These ephemeral interfaces between land and water are often sites of intense development even though they are frequently subjected to natural hazards including flooding, storms, and coastal erosion.
Beach erosion is a chronic problem along most open-ocean shores of the United States. As coastal populations continue to grow, and community infrastructures are threatened by erosion, there is increased demand for accurate information regarding past and present shoreline changes. There is also need for a comprehensive analysis of shoreline movement that is regionally consistent. To meet these national needs, the Coastal and Marine Geology Program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is conducting an analysis of historical shoreline changes along open-ocean sandy shores of the conterminous United States and parts of Alaska and Hawaii. A primary goal of this work is to develop standardized methods for mapping and analyzing shoreline movement so that internally consistent updates can periodically be made to record shoreline erosion and accretion.

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Rob Thieler
USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
384 Woods Hole Road
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Email: rthieler@usgs.gov
Phone: 508-457-2350
Fax: 598-457-2310

Cheryl Hapke
USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marinee Science Center
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 34677
Email: chapke@usgs.gov
Phone: 727-502-8068
Fax: 727-502-8001


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National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards
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National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise
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