Classroom/Laboratory Activity: Determining Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise

A classroom/laboratory activity to learn about the rate of sea-level rise and the response of shorelines to sea-level change.

Students will examine and analyze sea-level change data and shoreline response for the coast of California including Point Reyes National Seashore. They will learn about coastal vulnerability and will calculate the coastal vulnerability index (CVI).

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the factors that determine the vulnerability of a coastline to flooding caused by rising sea-levels?
  2. How is the coastal vulnerability index calculated?

About the Tool

Tool Name Mapping Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise at Point Reyes National Seashore
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change and Sea Level Rise; Coastal Vulnerability Factors; Geomorphology; Accretion; Erosion; Wave Exposure; Tidal Range
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards; Climate and the Hydrosphere
Type of Tool Laboratory Activity
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location North America
Language English
Developed by Len Vacher, University of South Florida
Hosted at Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Access Online, Offline, Login Required
Computer Skills Intermediate


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