Hawaii Coastal Erosion
The Hawaii Shoreline Study provides shoreline change data to the public and government partners to assist in decision-making in the coastal zone. Shorelines are highly variable environments characterized by a number of natural hazards. These include: tsunami, storm surge, high winds, coastal erosion, sea-level rise, and high wave overtopping. Building on eroding coasts increases vulnerability to all these hazards. A direct step to mitigating the impact of coastal hazards is to exercise avoidance (Hwang, 2005) by mapping high hazard zones designed, in part, on data such as found in this study.