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Hurricane Sandy Response - Storm Impacts and Vulnerability of Coastal Beaches

Assess Community Vulnerability to Coastal Change Hazards for Hurricanes and Other Storm Scenarios

To improve adaptive management and risk-reduction planning, resource managers and emergency managers would benefit from information on how coastal communities are vulnerable to coastal-change hazards. Spatially-explicit information that characterizes variations in community exposure and sensitivity to coastal-change hazards in terms of populations, land cover, infrastructure, and economic assets can support development of targeted risk-reduction efforts prior to extreme events, response efforts during storms, and long-range land use plans. The USGS Western Geographic Science Center is working on a portfolio of multi-scalar, multi-sector, comparative metrics to characterize societal vulnerability to coastal-change hazards on the U.S. northeast coast from North Carolina to New York. This research will be used to identify hotspots of community exposure to dune erosion, overwash, and inundation during annual winter storms, nor’easter storms, and category 1-4 hurricanes.

For more information, contact Nathan Wood (nwood@usgs.gov), USGS Western Geographic Science Center.

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