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The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection

U.S. Geological Survey scientists have shown that along with providing food, tourism, and biodiversity, coral reefs also protect dollars and lives. This interactive geonarrative introduces the USGS research to understand the role of US coral reefs in coastal protection.

National Shoreline Change

Exploring Shoreline Positions of the United States From the 1800s To The Present. This geonarrative explains how the USGS derives shorelines from various data sources, and how shoreline change rates are generated from these data. The Natural Hazards Mission Area programs of the USGS develop and apply hazard science to help protect the safety, security, and economic well-being of the Nation.

Real-Time Forecasts of Coastal Change

U.S. Geological Survey researchers develop tools to forecast coastal change hazards. This geonarrative features research and tools developed to forecast real-time coastal change.

Barrier Islands

U.S. Geological Survey Researchers Monitor Barrier Islands.  This geonarrative features research used to monitor Barrier islands which are narrow stretches of sand deposited parallel to the shoreline, are inherently valuable ecosystems. They protect estuaries and lagoons that help reduce coastal erosion, purify the water, and provide habitat for fish and birds.

Our Coasts

USGS Coastal Change Hazards research provides scientific tools to protect lives, property, and the economic well being of the Nation. The mission of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Program is to provide research and tools to protect lives, property, and the economic well-being of the Nation. This is a story map that introduces the value of our coasts and the threats they face with global change.

Coastal Change at Fire Island

This geonarrative features research used to predict how Fire Island beaches change in response to storms and how they may subsequently recover in the year following a storm event.

Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program Decadal Strategic Plan

This geonarrative constitutes the Decadal Strategic Plan of the U.S. Geological Survey's Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program for 2020 to 2030.

Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System

Information about scientific data collected through field activities conducted by scientists in the USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program.

Geoscience Data Viewer Web Mapping Application

Map viewer of the St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center's published subsurface bathymetry, seismic reflection, side-scan sonar, and cores and sediment samples.

Core and Sediment Sample Database

Map viewer of St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center's core and samples database. Includes coral cores, sediment cores, and sediment samples.

Presence of Microbes and the Distribution of Climatic, Environmental, and Geochemical Variables

This web application allows users to make comparisons between national scale environmental datasets and Bacillus species and Bacillus anthracis detection results. The datasets include soil physical, chemical, and mineralogical data, current and historical climate data, landcover, and biological surveys.

Oblique Aerial Photography Viewer

Obique photos offer a unique perspective of the coast. Features such as beach erosion or accretion, dune erosion and overwash can all be clearly characterized in this imagery. It also documents coastal infrastructure, as well as the damage that infrastructure may incur as the result of an impacting hurricane.