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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.

predictions of potential coastal change impacts

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.