Throughout human history, coastal areas have been attractive locales for humans as they provided abundant marine resources, fertile agricultural land and possibilities for trade and transport. However, many coastal areas are vulnerable to numerous hazards, including flooding, tsunamis and hurricanes. If a community wishes to be able to respond to any of these events, it requires studies identifying which areas are vulnerable and any possible actions limiting their impact. The USGS helps communities by mapping coastal conditions, researching vulnerabilities and identifying possible actions limiting loss of life and property.
Jonathan H Smith, Land Change Science Program Coordinator, USGS
Dean Gesch, US Geological Survey
Roger Sayre, US Geological Survey
Dianna Hogan, US Geological Survey
Zhiliang Zhu, US Geological Survey