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Emily A Himmelstoss

My work has focused on historical shoreline change analysis and the impact of geologic processes and human activities on the form and history of coastal beaches. I have over fifteen years of experience guiding the development and testing of the Digital Shoreline Analysis System (DSAS) software, which is used globally in support of critical coastal decision-making.

I have participated in a national-scale project assessing Coastal Change Hazards, specifically working to compile a consistent database of historical shoreline positions that were used along with the DSAS software to compute shoreline change rates at 50-meter intervals for the open coastal waters of the United States. These data and the new understanding of coastal change patterns it described have been widely used to further scientific research and coastal management objectives.

Since 2012 I have been part of a team developing the USGS Coastal Change Hazards (CCH) portal. This website provides an accessible mapping interface for federal and state agencies, NGOs, municipalities, and private citizens to visualize and access the portfolio of CCH assessments of extreme storm, coastal erosion and sea-level change impact data.

I am currently working with a team of research scientists, data experts, and science communicators to develop an iterative user engagement strategy designed to inform how we communicate our science products through a co-design process with stakeholders during development. The intent of this effort is to make discovery and communication of our scientific data more effective, efficient, and meaningful for coastal hazards planning and preparedness.


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