The nation faces a wide array of natural hazards that threaten its safety, security, economic well-being, and natural resources. Understanding how communities may be specifically vulnerable to natural hazards enables elected officials, emergency and public works managers, business owners, and the general public to make better risk-management decisions.
The Hazard Exposure Reporting and Analytics (HERA) application was developed to provide users with insight on potential population, economic, land cover, and infrastructure vulnerability resulting from a given hazard. Interactive maps and graphics allow users to examine hazard exposure for individual communities, to compare the exposure of multiple communities, and to explore changes in community exposure given multiple hazard scenarios.
HERA focuses on California coastal communities and their varying exposure to flooding related to coastal storm and sea level rise scenarios generated by the USGS Coastal Storm Modeling Systems (CoSMoS) project. The USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center and the USGS Western Geographic Science Center are working together to improve statewide awareness of the range in hazard exposures so that coastal communities are better prepared to deal with future threats. Below you will find resources for understanding the data, methods, and publications that were used for estimating community exposure to coastal hazards in California.
USGS Coastal Storm Modeling Systems (CoSMoS) project page Please cite the data from this web application as: Jones, J.M., Wood, N., Ng, P., Henry, K., Jones, J.L., Peters, J., Jamieson, M., 2016, Community Exposure in California to Coastal Flooding Hazards Enhanced by Climate Change, reference year 2010: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7PZ56ZD
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