A research and decision support framework to evaluate sea-level rise impacts in the northeastern U.S.

TitleA research and decision support framework to evaluate sea-level rise impacts in the northeastern U.S.
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsE. Thieler, Robert, Plant Nathaniel G., Gesch Dean B., and Horton Radley M.
Series TitleNortheast Climate Science Center Project Reports
InstitutionU.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
CityWoods Hole, MA
Keywordsadaptation, climate change, climate impacts, decision support, northeast US, sea level rise
Abstract

We developed a reconnaissance method to distinguish those coastal areas in the northeastern U.S. ( Virginia-Maine) that will likely experience a predominantly inundation (e.g., flooding) response to sea-level rise (SLR) from those that will likely respond dynamically by moving or changing (e.g., landforms such as barrier islands and marshes). Areas that are likely to inundate include urban regions of intense development and/or coastal engineering, as well as bedrock coasts. Areas that are likely to respond dynamically include beaches, unconsolidated cliffs, barrier islands, and wetlands. By distinguishing the response to a variety of sea level projections in these areas, future work can inform appropriate scientific research and decision support efforts.

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