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Title: Vulnerability of the US to future sea level rise

Abstract

The differential vulnerability of the conterminous United States to future sea level rise from greenhouse climate warming is assessed, using a coastal hazards data base. This data contains information on seven variables relating to inundation and erosion risks. High risk shorelines are characterized by low relief, erodible substrate, subsidence, shoreline retreat, and high wave/tide energies. Very high risk shorelines on the Atlantic Coast (Coastal Vulnerability Index {ge}33.0) include the outer coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, northern Cape Hatteras, and segments of New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina. Louisiana and sections of Texas are potentially the most vulnerable, due to anomalously high relative sea level rise and erosion, coupled with low elevation and mobile sediments. Although the Pacific Coast is generally the least vulnerable, because of its rugged relief and erosion-resistant substrate, the high geographic variability leads to several exceptions, such as the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta area, the barrier beaches of Oregon and Washington, and parts of the Puget Sound Lowlands. 31 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2]
  1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, New York, NY (USA). Goddard Inst. for Space Studies
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5875484
Report Number(s):
CONF-910780-1
ON: DE91007853
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 7. symposium on coastal and ocean management, Long Beach, CA (USA), 8-12 Jul 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COASTAL REGIONS; GEOGRAPHICAL VARIATIONS; FLOODS; RISK ASSESSMENT; GREENHOUSE EFFECT; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; CARBON DIOXIDE; COMPILED DATA; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; DATA BASE MANAGEMENT; EAST COAST; EROSION; GULF COAST; SEA LEVEL; USA; WEST COAST; CARBON COMPOUNDS; CARBON OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; DATA; DISASTERS; INFORMATION; LEVELS; MANAGEMENT; NORTH AMERICA; NUMERICAL DATA; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; SIMULATION; VARIATIONS; 540120* - Environment, Atmospheric- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport- (1990-); 540310 - Environment, Aquatic- Basic Studies- (1990-); 540210 - Environment, Terrestrial- Basic Studies- (1990-)

Citation Formats

Gornitz, V, White, T W, and Cushman, R M. Vulnerability of the US to future sea level rise. United States: N. p., 1991. Web.
Gornitz, V, White, T W, & Cushman, R M. Vulnerability of the US to future sea level rise. United States.
Gornitz, V, White, T W, and Cushman, R M. Tue . "Vulnerability of the US to future sea level rise". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5875484.
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abstractNote = {The differential vulnerability of the conterminous United States to future sea level rise from greenhouse climate warming is assessed, using a coastal hazards data base. This data contains information on seven variables relating to inundation and erosion risks. High risk shorelines are characterized by low relief, erodible substrate, subsidence, shoreline retreat, and high wave/tide energies. Very high risk shorelines on the Atlantic Coast (Coastal Vulnerability Index {ge}33.0) include the outer coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, northern Cape Hatteras, and segments of New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina. Louisiana and sections of Texas are potentially the most vulnerable, due to anomalously high relative sea level rise and erosion, coupled with low elevation and mobile sediments. Although the Pacific Coast is generally the least vulnerable, because of its rugged relief and erosion-resistant substrate, the high geographic variability leads to several exceptions, such as the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta area, the barrier beaches of Oregon and Washington, and parts of the Puget Sound Lowlands. 31 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.},
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