This event will be held remotely over Zoom.
Title: Projecting future coastal hazards for the California coast and beyond
Abstract: Over 1 billion people are projected to live in the coastal zone by the middle of the 21st century, an area vulnerable to sea level rise (SLR) and associated hazards. But coastal hazards investigations are often limited to SLR inundation, and do not account for the dynamic response of the coast, flooding during extreme events, or groundwater hazards. A comprehensive research program has been developed at the United States Geological Survey over the last decade to address all these hazards: the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS). In building this system, a series of new models and supporting techniques have been developed to integrate the effects of SLR, tides, waves, storms, river discharge, vertical land motion, and short and long-term coastal change (i.e., beach erosion and cliff retreat), as well as a complementary assessment of groundwater inundation. Further, through extensive scientific outreach we have developed web tools to communicate the model results, including the socioeconomic impacts, to ensure the products are delivered in a manner that can directly aid decision makers. The approach is now being developed for regions across the United States.