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Sea Level Rise and Its Impacts

Project Leader:
Project Fellows:
Project Investigators:
Robert Thieler, USGS
Nathaniel Plant, USGS
Christopher Little, Princeton University
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
New York
New Jersey
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A reconnaissance study distinguishes coastal areas of the northeastern U.S. (approx. Virginia to Maine) that will experience an inundation-dominated response to sea-level rise from those that will respond dynamically due to physical and bio-physical sedimentation and erosion processes. Areas that will be dominated by inundation include urban regions of intense development and/or coastal engineering, as well as bedrock coasts. Areas that will respond dynamically include beaches, unconsolidated cliffs, barrier islands, and wetlands. Distinguishing which processes are relevant to sea-level rise impacts in these areas aids prioritization of scientific research and decision support efforts.

Also see Dr. Robert Thieler's Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Sea-level Rise Impacts in the Northeastern U.S.


R. Horton. "Tipping Points and Surprises" USGCRP Webinar on the Climate Science Special Report, August 2, 2018
R. Horton. "Sea Level Rise and Other Extreme Events", ACCL Law Event, NY, NY, April 27, 2018
R. Thieler, E. Lentz, R. Horton. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Fransisco, CA, December 15, 2014.
R. Thieler, R. Horton. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014.
R. Horton. University of Colorado in Boulder on March 5, 2014.
R. Horton. UNAVCO conference in Bloomfield, CO, March 4, 2014.
R. Horton. Hurricane Sandy Task Force Resilience Incentive Prize Workshop, NY, NY, May 8, 2013.
R. Horton. USGS-NPS Strategic Sciences Group Meeting on Hurricane Sandy, NJ, March 2013.
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Research-informed tool: NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer

Research-informed tool: USACE Sea-Level Change calculator