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Shoreline Changes in Puerto Rico

July 28, 2022

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a Spanish and English geonarrative that displays shoreline changes in Puerto Rico and covers topics on the island’s historical shoreline trends, hurricane impacts on the coast, and possible solutions that could help protect communities and mitigate coastal hazards. This geonarrative introduces the shoreline database published by USGS in a visual and user-friendly way to efficiently communicate our scientific information to the public.


Explore the geonarrative in English. 

Explora en Español. 

Aerial map of Puerto Rico coastline showing erosion and a retreating shoreline from 1950 to 2018.
Screenshot from the 'Shoreline Changes in Puerto Rico' geonarrative.  Similar to other places on the island, Punta Uvero has endured severe erosion. Another example of significant coastal erosion is illustrated next. The images show Punta Moja Casabe in the Combate area of the municipality of Cabo Rojo in 2006 and 2018.