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USGS Briefs Massachusetts Coastal Managers on Sea-Level Rise and Other Coastal Hazards


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In comparison with other regions in the Nation, Massachusetts has a moderate but varying risk from such coastal hazards as storms, long-term erosion, effects of coastal-engineering structures (such as jetties and seawalls that increase local erosion rates), and sea-level rise. Conserving and managing the State's shoreline, wetlands, and estuaries are high priorities for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Tom Skinner, director of the CZM, invited Jeff Williams (Woods Hole Field Center) to meet with the staff and present a seminar on March 26, 2002.

The seminar covered the current state of scientific knowledge about coastal hazards and past sea-level rise, future predictions based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s 2001 findings, and implications for public policy. Jeff's talk presented the results of USGS research on coastal processes, such as SWASH (Surveying Wide-Area Shorelines) mapping, sea-floor mapping, and a new study with the National Park Service on assessing the vulnerability of coastal parks to global sea-level rise. Following the presentation was a lively period of questions and discussion.


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Woods Hole Field Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) / United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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