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CoSMoS Central California v3.1 projections of coastal cliff retreat due to 21st century sea-level rise


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Barnard, P.L., Erikson, L.H., Foxgrover, A.C., Limber, P.L., O'Neill, A.C., and Vitousek, S., 2018, Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) for Central California, v3.1: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This dataset contains spatial projections of coastal cliff retreat (and associated uncertainty) for future scenarios of sea-level rise (SLR) in Central California. Present-day cliff-edge positions used as the baseline for projections are also included. Projections were made using numerical models and field observations such as historical cliff retreat rate, nearshore slope, coastal cliff height, and mean annual wave power, as part of Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS). Read metadata carefully.


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These data provide an estimate of coastal geomorphic change in response to SLR during the 21st century and are intended for policy makers, resource managers, science researchers, students, and the general public. These data can be used with geographic information systems or other software to identify and assess possible areas of vulnerability and are not intended to be used for navigation.

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DOI doi:10.5066/P9NUO62B

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