Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS) To Sea-Level Rise
Entry ID: USGS_OFR_2004_1020

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Summary
Abstract: A coastal vulnerability index (CVI) was used to map relative vulnerability of
the coast to future sea-level rise within Assateague Island National Seashore
(ASIS) in Maryland and Virginia. The CVI ranks the following in terms of their
physical contribution to sea-level rise-related coastal change: geomorphology,
regional coastal slope, rate of relative sea-level rise, shoreline change
rates, mean tidal range and mean wave height. Rankings for each variable were
combined and an index value calculated for 1-minute grid cells covering the
park. The CVI highlights those regions where the physical effects of sea-level
rise might be the greatest. This approach combines the coastal system's
susceptibility to change with its natural ability to adapt to changing
environmental conditions, yielding a quantitative, although relative, measure
of the park's natural vulnerability to the effects of sea-level rise. The CVI
provides an objective technique for evaluation and long-term planning by
scientists and park managers. Assateague Island consists of stable and washover
dominated portions of barrier beach backed by wetland and marsh. The areas
within Assateague that are likely to be most vulnerable to sea-level rise are
those with the highest occurrence of overwash and the highest rates of
shoreline change.

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Description: Study Results of the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Assateague Island
National Seashore (ASIS) To Sea-Level Rise.


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Description: Map of Coastal Vulnerability


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Description: USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 39.0 S: 36.0  E: -75.0  W: -77.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Elizabeth A. Pendleton, S. Jeffress Williams, and E. Robert Thieler
Dataset Title: Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS) To Sea-Level Rise
Dataset Series Name: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report
Dataset Release Date: 2004
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Version: 1.0
Data Presentation Form: Maps, Reports
Other Citation Details: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1020, Electronic Book
Online Resource: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1020/


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MARYLAND
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > VIRGINIA


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS >BEACHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BARRIER ISLANDS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BEACHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >COASTAL ELEVATION    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >EROSION    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SEA LEVEL RISE    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SEA SURFACE HEIGHT    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SEDIMENT TRANSPORT    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SHORELINE DISPLACEMENT >CHANGE RATES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >SHORELINES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >STORM SURGE    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >TIDAL HEIGHT    [Definition]
OCEANS >OCEAN WAVES >WAVE HEIGHT    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY >SEA SURFACE SLOPE    [Definition]
OCEANS >TIDES >TIDAL RANGE >MEAN TIDAL RANGE    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT >ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS >COASTAL VULNERABILITY    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >SOCIAL BEHAVIOR >VULNERABILITY LEVELS/INDEX    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ELEVATION
ENVIRONMENT
OCEANS


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
MAPS    [Information]
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Keywords
Open File Report
OFR
Assateague Island
Park
Coastal Vulnerability Index
Sea Level Rise
Shoreline Change
Tides
Seashore


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
USGS


Data Center
Open File Services Section, Publications Warehouse, Eastern Region, Publications, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/

Data Center Personnel
Name: USGS OPEN-FILE SERVICES SECTION
Phone: 303-202-4200
Phone: 303-202-4210
Fax: 303-202-4188
Email: infoservices at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
USGS Information Services
Open-File Services Section
Box 25286
Federal Center
City: Denver
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225-0286
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees


Personnel
REBECCA BEAVERS
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 303-987-6945
Email: Rebecca_Beavers at nps.gov
Contact Address:
National Park Service
Natural Resource Program Center
Geologic Resources Division
P.O. Box 25287
City: Denver
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80225-0287
Country: USA


ELIZABETH A. PENDLETON
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 508-457-2259
Phone: 508-548-8700
Email: ependleton at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543
Country: USA


S. JEFFRESS WILLIAMS
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 508-457-2259
Phone: 508-548-8700
Email: jwilliams at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543
Country: USA


E. ROBERT THIELER
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 508-457-2259
Phone: 508-548-8700
Email: rthieler at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-08-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-11-02

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