Management Support

Technical Assistance: The Study is lending technical expertise to cities, counties, tribal governments and state and federal agencies to provide assistance with coastal planning and engineering projects. Information and data gathering techniques developed through the Study has been applied to a wide range of issues, and it is likely that many other opportunities exist. Aerial photography and a geodetic control network are invaluable resources for planning and managing growing communities, an evolving coastal environment, and the countless natural resources and amenities that attract tourists from around the state and across the country.

Planning and management tools based on research results will help local officials with land-use planning issues, including citing of critical facilities (police, fire, hospitals, schools, etc.) and long-term community infrastructure development (roads, water, sewer, etc.). Decision support tools range in complexity from technical reports and maps to GIS data and three-dimensional visualization.

The list of projects below are examples of how data collected by the Study has been applied to a variety of coastal land-use issues.

  • Update to the 1990 Seashore Conservation Line (2001)
  • Columbia River Deepening Project (ongoing)
  • Beach Monitoring in the Columbia River Littoral Cell (2000)
  • City of Westport Inter-dunal Wetlands Mapping Project (2000)
  • Fort Canby State Park Shoreline Change Analysis (1999)
  • Damon Point Shoreline Change Analysis (1999)

Susceptibility analysis: Integrating research results to identify areas at risk from the evolving coastal environment over multiple time and space scales offers unique opportunities to the coastal management community.  To further strengthen the applicability of the Study's research results, the physical system needs to be considered within the framework of existing community values (social and economic) and the natural function of the ecosystem (ecological).  This effort will assemble realistic scenarios of future coastal conditions and could serve as the basis for long-term planning and management.  An initial attempt to develop a susceptibility index for the southern Long Beach Peninsula is presented here.

Link to a list of additional readings on science and management integration, technical assistance to coastal communities and analyzing susceptibility to coastal change.

Ecology - SEA Program | USGS - Coastal & Marine Geology

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