The USGS National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards project conducts baseline and storm-response photography missions to document and understand the changes in the Nation's coasts to extreme storms. The images, flown at a height 500 feet and about 1000-1200 feet offshore, offer a unique perspective of the coast. Features such as beach erosion or accretion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also documents coastal infrastructure, as well as the damage that infrastructure may incur as the result of an impacting hurricane. Researchers can also use this imagery to verify coastal change model predictions quickly, as well as inform coastal planners and managers decisions on their response to future storms.
Click the links below to see specific baseline or storm mission activities and their related pre-mission imagery.