This webpage contains information on a USGS project to assess coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise. The project, within the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program's National Assessment, seeks to objectively determine the relative risks due to future sea-level rise for the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Through the use of a coastal vulnerability index, or CVI, the relative risk that physical changes will occur as sea-level rises is quantified based on the following criteria: tidal range, wave height, coastal slope, shoreline change, geomorphology, and historical rate of relative sea-level rise. The website contains several open-file reports and detailed project information.
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Thieler, E. Robert (Edward Robert), 1965-; Williams, Jeff; Hammar-Klose, Erika S.