St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards
Happening Now: Active Assessments
To better understand storm impacts on the coast, the USGS National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards group is responding to Hurricane Michael.
Oct. 19, 2018
Hurricane Michael response activities may include:
- Forecast of potential coastal change
- Pre- and post-storm photo comparisons using NOAA imagery
- Qualitative validation of coastal change forecast using NOAA imagery
- Measuring post-storm morphology using lidar topography, oblique aerial photography (including UAS structure from motion), and ground GPS surveys to determine the state of the beach after storm impact.
- Quantifying storm-induced coastal change including dune elevation change, shoreline change, and volume change by comparing pre- and post-storm morphology.
- Evaluating and improving accuracy of pre-storm forecasts of coastal change.
- Updating scenario-based coastal change forecasts using post-storm beach morphology.