Coastal and Marine Geology, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
Data Center Description
The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology program deals with the changes in the coastal and marine environment, whether naturally occurring or human induced, can endanger our quality of life, threaten property, pose risk to fragile environments, and affect livelihoods. They also deal with catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis.
All 35 coastal States and the island territories are experiencing coastal erosion and are threatened by the rise in relative sea level; many have replenished eroded beaches at great cost. The management challenge faced by all coastal communities is to balance the competing needs of citizens, government, industry, and the environment.