USACE Support Enables USGS Climate Product
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works rapidly to repair a levee breach caused by Hurricane Sandy in Montoloking, N.J. (U.S. Army photo by Mary Markos)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) North Atlantic Division teammates capture images of one of several small breaches on Long Island. (U.S. Army photo)
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released several products related to coastal landscape response to sea-level rise assessment for the northeastern United States, including a report, website and data tools. The assessment was made using sea-level projections, vertical land movement rates, and elevation and land cover data. Landscape change prediction datasets for the 2020s, 2030s, 2050s and 2080s were developed as part of the project, as well as upcoming decision support tools for land adaptation and management.
The assessment seeks to predict the response to sea-level rise across the coastal landscape under a range of future scenarios by evaluating the likelihood of inundation as well as dynamic coastal change. The research is being conducted in conjunction with resource managers and decision makers from federal and state agencies, and non-governmental organizations and utilizes a structured decision-making approach to ensure research outcomes meet decision making needs.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Institute for Water Resources (IWR) Responses to Climate Change Program provided support to the project. IWR's Climate Change team will incorporate the datasets into the USACE geospatial platform, CorpsMap, so the information is easily accessible to engineers and planners.
posted February 25, 2015
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