Coastal Hazards and Resilience

Coastal Hazards and Resilience

The coastlines along the Northeast Pacific Ocean are some of the most beautiful and dynamic coastal landscapes in North America. This beauty and the bounty these systems support have attracted many people to live and play along these shorelines. Over 40% of the global population lives within 100km of the coast. Although desirable places to live, coastal zones in our region are also prone to many hazards, such as erosion, harmful algal blooms, storms, flooding, landslides, tsunamis, sea level rise, temperature changes, and ocean acidification and hypoxia (low levels of oxygen in the water). These hazards are being exacerbated due to increasing population and development pressures and regional-scale impacts from climate change. This threatens people, the economy, and ecological systems that communities depend on. In the Northeast Pacific, Ocean Decade Actions aim to develop and mobilize knowledge to enhance the ability of coastal communities to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover from disruption due to impacts from these hazards.

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  • NOAA Digital Coast—Get the Data, Tools, and Training That Communities Need to Address Coastal Issues

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