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In March 2024, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coastal Science Navigator was updated to include 14 additional products, bringing the new total number of products in the Navigator to 68. 

Coastal Science Navigator home page

The Coastal Science Navigator is a gateway to USGS Coastal Change Hazards resources and assists users in finding products and tools that will meet their specific needs. It was made publicly available in July 2023 and will be updated regularly to provide users with easy access to USGS coastal products, including models, tools, web applications, software, geonarratives, and more.

The Coastal Science Navigator underwent its first update in late March 2024 to include 14 additional products, each of which can be explored below. Visit the Coastal Science Navigator to discover if any of these newly added products fit your unique needs. 

Stay on the lookout for the next update to the Coastal Science Navigator. Contact to join our email list to be notified directly whenever the Navigator is updated. 

Are you new to the Coastal Science Navigator or need a refresher? Well, here’s what you need to know. 

The Coastal Science Navigator was created to ensure partners and other stakeholders can easily locate USGS Coastal Change Hazards products and identify which may be of use to them.  

Using the Navigator 

Filter search page of the Coastal Science Navigator with products on the right and filters on the left

Users can find relevant products using either the Guided Search or Filter Search functions presented on the Navigator’s home page. The Guided Search asks users a short series of questions to lead them to products and tools that may be useful for their specific needs. Users can then explore the applicable products or choose to refine the applied filters to narrow or widen their results. The Filter Search allows users to see all available products and apply filters to narrow the adjacent list to relevant tools and resources. A plain-language summary is available for each product that provides a link to the product itself, a concise product description, a list of special features, contact information, and associated properties such as geographic scope, time scale, coastal hazard themes, and product function, type, and output.

Designed with user-input

The idea for the Coastal Science Navigator was born after synthesizing stakeholder input and learning that coastal resource managers, long-term planners, and federal and state partners are overwhelmed with too many tools and have little time to find and adopt products that may better fit their needs. The Navigator helps address these issues by providing information about available coastal resources in one place and enabling users to curate a list of applicable products and tools. 

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View the recording of the Navigator’s public launch webinar to learn more, see a demonstration, and listen to a question-and-answer session. 

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