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This study is a collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Deltares (an applied research institute in the Netherlands), and the University of Hawaii (UH). The goals of this study are to:
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Sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding will negatively impact freshwater resources on many low-lying atoll islands in such a way that many could be uninhabitable in just a few decades.
Read the April 25, 2018 USGS News Release
Sea-level rise and wave-driven flooding could introduce saltwater so frequently into atoll islands’ freshwater resources that many will be uninhabitable by the mid-21st century, according to a new study published in Science Advances.
USGS research in the Republic of the Marshall Islands forms part of the scientific foundation of an interactive documentary released April 6 by PBS Frontline.
View “The Last Generation.”
Living and working on the Pacific islands hosting a key missile tracking site soon could be almost impossible due to the impacts of climate change.
USGS research geologist Curt Storlazzi led a workshop, from 5–7 February 2018. Participants assessed the state of the science, identified knowledge gaps, and explored ways to produce real-time flood forecasts and improve climate-change impact assessments.
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A Bayesian-Based System to Assess Wave-Driven Flooding Hazards on Coral Reef-Lined Coasts - Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
BEWARE database: A Bayesian-based system to assess wave-driven flooding hazards on coral reef-lined coasts - U.S. Geological Survey data release
Wave dynamics and flooding on low-lying tropical reef-lined coasts - Coastal Dynamics 2017
Exponential increase in coastal flooding frequency due to sea-level rise - Nature Scientific Reports 7
Observations of wave transformation over a fringing coral reef and the importance of low-frequency waves and offshore water levels to runup, overwash, and coastal flooding - Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans 121
Identification and classification of very low frequency waves on a coral reef flat - Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 121
Changes to extreme wave climates of islands within the Western Tropical Pacific throughout the 21st century under RCP 4.5 and RCP 8.5, with implications for island vulnerability and sustainability - Global and Planetary Change 141
Recommended citation: Laura Zink Torresan, and Curt D. Storlazzi, 2014, “The Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Department of Defense Installations on Atolls in the Pacific Ocean”, US Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, DOI: 10.5066/F7QR4V4C
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