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Date published: August 23, 2020

USGS predicts Gulf beach erosion from Marco, gets set to measure storm effects

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision makers before, during and after Tropical Storm Marco, visit www.usgs.gov/marco

This story was updated August 24 based on the latest coastal change forecast.

Date published: June 22, 2020

2020 Hurricane Season—Science Supports Hazard Preparedness

Tropical storms, hurricanes, and other large coastal storms can impact coastal and inland communities and ecosystems with high winds, storm surge, erosion, and flooding. Already there have been two tropical storms before the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to November 30.

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Year Published: 2012

National assessment of hurricane-induced coastal erosion hazards--Gulf of Mexico

Sandy beaches provide a natural barrier between the ocean and inland communities, ecosystems, and resources. However, these dynamic environments move and change in response to winds, waves, and currents. During a hurricane, these changes can be large and sometimes catastrophic. High waves and storm surge act together to erode beaches and inundate...

Stockdon, Hilary F.; Doran, Kara S.; Thompson, David M.; Sopkin, Kristin L.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Sallenger, Asbury H.
National assessment of hurricane-induced coastal erosion hazards--Gulf of Mexico; 2012; OFR; 2012-1084; Stockdon, Hilary F.; Doran, Kara J.; Thompson, David M.; Sopkin, Kristin L.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Sallenger, Asbury H.

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Year Published: 2009

National assessment of hurricane-induced coastal change vulnerability

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Stockdon, Hilary F.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Sallenger,, Asbury H.
National assessment of hurricane-induced coastal change vulnerability; 2009; Article; Journal; Shore & Beach; Stockdon, Hilary F.; Plant, Nathaniel G.; Sallenger, Asbury H. Jr.

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Year Published: 1996

Coastal hazards: hurricanes, tsunamis, coastal erosion

Oceans are the largest geographic feature on the surface of the Earth, covering approximately 70% of the planet's surface. As a result, oceans have a tremendous impact on the Earth, its climate, and its inhabitants. The coast or shoreline is the boundary between ocean environments and land habitats. By the year 2025, it is estimated that...

Vandas, Stephen; Mersfelder, Lynne; Farrar, Frank; France, Rigoberto Guardado; Yajimovich, Oscar Efraín González; Muñoz, Aurora R.; Rivera, María del C.
Attribution: Water Resources
Coastal hazards: hurricanes, tsunamis, coastal erosion; 1996; USGS Unnumbered Series; GIP; Vandas, Stephen; Mersfelder, Lynne;Artwork by Farrar, Frank; Translated into Spanish by France, Rigoberto Guardado; Yajimovich, Oscar Efraín González; Muñoz, Aurora R.; Rivera, María del C.