Research Themes Overview

USGS uses a unique geospatial approach to help identify vulnerable coastal areas, track coastal ecosystem-scale responses, and forecast potential impacts to future changes. Across five major themes, we have improved monitoring networks, generated maps, data and models needed to integrate our information and put extreme storms into the greater context of climate change, sea-level rise and coastal vulnerability. USGS scientists are working to assess forecast effectiveness, improve how we share information, and identify gaps to improve the information and tools we provide. The research themes include:

The Science Plan

The Science Plan

The USGS Science Plan was developed immediately following Hurricane Sandy to coordinate continuing USGS activities with other agencies. In October 2013, the USGS received supplemental funding for specific projects that support continued recovery and restoration efforts for Hurricane Sandy. These projects are part of the science plan, "Meeting the Science Needs of the Nation in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy—A U.S. Geological Survey Science Plan for Support of Restoration and Recovery," that also identifies data and information needs to prepare us for the next storm. Much of the work in the northeastern U.S. contributes to improved capabilities for future events across the nation. Learn more about these research projects by reading the fact sheets that address storm impacts by theme.

News

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Analysis of storm-tide impacts from Hurricane Sandy in New York

7/21/2015 A new study done in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, looks at how damage estimates evolve following Hurricane Sandy for all evaluated counties in New York. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4272#.VbfO3_lVhBc

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2015 Hurricane Season is Upon Us

6/1/2015 Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are prepared, with improved tactics, continued research and new technology to face a hurricane head on http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/hurricane-season-is-upon-us/?from=title 

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Shorebird Science? iPlover is the App for That

5/4/2015 The latest tool designed to help manage the threatened piping plover is only a download away. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4208#.VbfOm_lVhBc 

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Publications

Open-File Report: Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards: NE Atlantic Coast

Fact Sheet: Using Science to Strengthen our Nation’s Resilience to Tomorrow’s Challenges—Understanding and Preparing for Coastal Impacts

Fact Sheet: Interior's Strategic Sciences Group Report on Scenarios of Hurricane Sandy's impacts

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - New York

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Coastal Impact Assessments

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Impacts of Environmental Quality and Persisting Contaminant Exposures

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Impacts of Storm Surge, Including Disturbed Estuarine and Bay Hydrology

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Impacts to Coastal Ecosystems, Habitats, and Fish and Wildlife

Fact Sheet: Hurricane Sandy Science Plan - Coastal Topographic and Bathymetric Data to Support Hurricane Impact Assessment and Response

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