PubTalk 2/2011 — Is Our Coast in Jeopardy?
-predicting the impact of extreme storms on the California Coast
By Patrick Barnard, USGS Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
- Extreme storms are expected to become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change
- The USGS has developed the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) for predicting the impact of extreme storms hitting the California Coast
- CoSMoS provides an increased understanding and prediction of coastal flooding, erosion, wave heights, current strength, and cliff failure along the California coastline
- Ultimately, the model could contribute to real-time warning system used by emergency managers, lifeline operators, and recource managers