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National Assessment of Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards

February 18, 2021

These datasets contain information on the probabilities of hurricane-induced erosion (collision, inundation, and overwash) for each 1-km section of the United States sandy open-ocean coastline for category 1-5 hurricanes. The analysis is based on a storm-impact scaling model (Sallenger, 2000; that uses observations of beach morphology combined with sophisticated hydrodynamic models to predict how the coast will respond to the direct landfall of category 1-5 hurricanes. Hurricane-induced water levels, due to both surge and waves, are compared to beach and dune elevations to determine the probabilities of three types of coastal change: collision (dune erosion), overwash, and inundation. Data on dune morphology (dune crest and toe elevation) and hydrodynamics (storm surge, wave setup, and runup) are also included in this dataset. As new beach morphology observations and storm predictions become available, this analysis will be updated to describe how coastal vulnerability to storms will vary in the future. The data presented here include the dune morphology observations, as derived from lidar surveys. For further information regarding data collection and/or processing methods refer to USGS Open-File Report 2012-1084 (

Note: This data release was versioned on February 18, 2021. Please see the Suggested Citation section for details.

Publication Year 2021
Title National Assessment of Hurricane-Induced Coastal Erosion Hazards
DOI 10.5066/P99ILAB9
Authors Kara S Doran, Justin J Birchler, Matthew W Hardy, Kirsten J Bendik, Joshua M Pardun, Hannah A Locke
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center