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National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards

Understanding Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise

The overall goal of the sea-level rise vulnerability research task is to improve the National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards through inclusion of processes related to sea-level rise. The research utilizes the data and analysis from the Long-term Change Task and relates long-term change to measurements of past sea level, models of future sea level, waves, tides, and coastal type. Quantitative assessments are produced that communicate coastal-change vulnerability associated with sea-level rise. The assessments are intended to be used by coastal managers who face decisions to avoid, mitigate, or adapt to future hazards.

Assessment of erosion due to sea-level rise and other factors
Assessment of erosion due to sea-level rise and other factors, expressed as the likelihood of long-term shoreline change exceeding 1 meter per year (Gutierrez et al., 2014).
   sea-level rise rates from 1950 to 2009
Analysis of changes in sea-level rise rates from 1950 to 2009 (Sallenger et al., 2012).

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In addition to the other tasks within this project, the Vulnerability to Sea-level Rise task is coordinated with development of the Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) and with the development of Sea-level Rise Hazards and Decisions Support.

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