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Relative Coastal Vulnerability Assessment of National Park Units to Sea-Level Rise

photograph  taken during field surveys at Fire Island National Seashore, NY - Barrett Beach,Elizabeth Pendleton,FIIS,Fire Island Lighthouse,Fire Island National Seashore,Otis Pike Wilderness Area shoreline,Robert Moses State Park,Sailors Haven,Smith Point County Park,Sunken Forest,Watch Hill

The National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for managing nearly 12,000 km (7,500 miles) of shoreline along oceans and lakes. In 2001 the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with the NPS Geologic Resources Division, began conducting hazard assessments of future sea-level change by creating maps to assist NPS in managing its valuable resources. This website contains results of the coastal vulnerability index (CVI) assessment for several national park units, highlighting areas that are likely to be most affected by future sea-level rise.



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