HAZARD VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT
The southeastern US has an extensive, low-lying coastal region with important ecosystems, sizeable populations and widespread infrastructure. This region is at risk from strong storms which bring intense rain, wind and powerful waves and water surges. The Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) tool was developed to aid decision makers before, during, and after severe weather events, by providing a better understanding of coastal change and risk areas. HVA testing has occurred in NC, SC, GA, and FL.
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DARE COUNTY, NC
Dare County, North Carolina
Much of the famous Outer Banks of North Carolina is situated in Dare County, and this area serves as an important economic engine for the State. In 2008, the value of direct expenditures by beach recreationalists was estimated to be $625.7 million, with annual total impact over $1 billion (BIMP, 2012). In the map of a popular recreation community, the HVA tool illustrates that the greatest risk areas are largely restricted to narrow corridors along estuarine and oceanfront shorelines.
You can learn more about the HVA tool and obtain software for quantifying vulnerability and shoreline change at the HVA web site.
To view HVA results and learn more about coastal issues in NC and GA, visit the North Carolina Coastal Atlas and the Georgia Coastal Hazards Portal.
Shoreline Change Vulnerability