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Houses in Rodanthe, N.C. in the waves at the ocean's edge.
Houses in Rodanthe, N.C., are left in the waves at the ocean's edge following the passage of Hurricane Isabel, which made landfall as a category 2 storm in the Outer Banks on Sept. 18, 2003. Photo by Hilary Stockdon, USGS.

A new online tool that interactively serves up information on past, present and future coastal hazards can help communities improve their resilience

Just in time for hurricane season 2014, the U.S. Geological Survey has released its Coastal Change Hazard Portal for the United States. This tool gives you access to coastal-hazards information along America's coasts. Pick your favorite beach location, type in the name, zoom in, and view potential impacts of extreme storms, historic shoreline changes, and coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise. The tool runs on standard smartphone, tablet, and desktop web browsers, so you can overlay other geographic information easily without the need for GIS programs. Watch the video tutorial to get started. For more details, see below:

View the Video: Tutorial demonstration of how to use the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal —

Access the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal::

Follow USGS Coastal Change on Twitter: @USGSCoastChange

Submitted by: Ann Tihansky, Communications Specialist/Physical Scientist
Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes Activities, DOI

July 17, 2014

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