Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CAHA) to Sea-Level Rise
Entry ID: USGS_OFR_2004_1064

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Summary
Abstract: A coastal vulnerability index (CVI) was used to map the relative vulnerability
of the coast to future sea-level rise within Cape Hatteras National Seashore
(CAHA) in North Carolina. 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, historical shoreline
change rates, mean tidal range, and mean significant wave height. The rankings
for each variable were combined and an index value was 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. Cape Hatteras National
Seashore consists of stable and washover dominated segments of barrier beach
backed by wetland and marsh. The areas within Cape Hatteras 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: Results of the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Hatteras National
Seashore (CAHA) to Sea-Level Rise.


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Description: Report on the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Hatteras National
Seashore (CAHA) to Sea-Level Rise.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 38.0 S: 33.0  E: -76.0  W: -80.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Elizabeth A. Pendleton, E. Robert Thieler, and S. Jeffress Williams
Dataset Title: Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CAHA) to Sea-Level Rise
Dataset Series Name: Open File Report 2004-1064
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Dataset Release Place: Woods Hole, MA
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form: Maps, Reports
Online Resource: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1064/


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > NORTH CAROLINA


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    [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    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE/MANAGEMENT >ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS >COASTAL VULNERABILITY    [Definition]
OCEANS >BATHYMETRY/SEAFLOOR TOPOGRAPHY >BATHYMETRY    [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
OFR
Open File Report
Coastal Vulnerability Index
Sea Level Rise
Shoreline Change
Seashore
Tides


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
Woods Hole Science Center, Coastal and Marine Geology, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: USGS WHSC COASTAL AND MARINE GEOLOGY PROGRAM
Phone: (508) 548-8700
Fax: (508) 457-2310
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543-1598
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees


Personnel
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


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


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



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-11-02

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