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North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study

The goals of the Comprehensive Study are to:
1) Provide risk reduction strategies—reduce risk to which vulnerable coastal populations are subject
2) Promote coastal resilient communities—ensure a sustainable and robust coastal landscape system—considering future sea level rise and climate change scenarios—to reduce risk to vulnerable population, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure.

The $19.5 million Comprehensive Study is due to congress in January 2015. The final study will include a coastal framework as well as storm suite modeling, coastal GIS analysis, and related evaluations, for the affected coastlines. The study will identify existing nature-based infrastructure, include an evaluation of the performance of nature-based infrastructure during Hurricane Sandy and other recent storms, and consider the performance of nature-based infrastructure in reducing the impacts of coastal storm flooding, as well as other impacts at a larger scale and as a system.

Click here for a narrated overview the study goals, scope, products and schedule.
Click here for a scope synopsis of the project management plan.


Participants from New York state, New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. representing federal agencies, academia, non-governmental organizations and private industry collaborated June 26 and 27 at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

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Webinar series and other presentations

REPORT: Resilient Adaptation to Increasing Risk - Agency Coordination and Collaboration Report (October 2014) 

REPORT: Resilient Adaptation to Increasing Risk - Environmental and Cultural Resources Conditions Report October 2014) 

June 24, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Regional Sediment Management Webinar

Apr. 8, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Adaptation Planning Webinar

Apr. 4, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Risk, Exposure, and Vulnerability Webinar

April 3, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Management Strategies and Measures

Apr. 3, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Strategies and Management Measure Webinar

Apr. 1, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Institutional and Other Barriers Webinar

Mar. 19, 2014 North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Draft Analyses Webinar

Dec. 19, 2013 Policy Challenges and Institutional Barriers Webinar



Dec. 17-18, 2013 Water Resources Science, Engineering & Planning: Coastal Risk Reduction

Nov. 20-22, 2013 Natural and Nature-based Features Policy and Technical Project Meetings

Sept. 25, 2013 Vulnerable Community Identification Webinar

Sept. 12, 2013 Numerical Modeling and Climate Change Webinar

Aug. 29, 2013 Ecosystems Goods and Services Webinar

July 30, 2013 Nature-Based Features

Comprehensive Study Background

The congressional response to the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy represents a need to address as a regional system the vulnerability of populations at risk in coastal regions within the boundaries of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' North Atlantic Division.

Along with a recent increase in high-magnitude storm events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, recent storms with larger areal extents creating larger damage areas as evident by the size of Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and sea level rise as a probable future condition, there is a need to comprehensively evaluate the existing and planned measures to reduce the flooding risk from tidally influenced storm surges as well as other alternatives for areas at risk to future storm damages. 


Map of study area

Study Schedule

Phase 1 January 2013—February 2014
    • Storm suite modeling
    • State-specific coastal risk frameworks
    • Storm economic impact estimation tool
    • Sea level rise and vulnerability assessment with maps
    • Identification of risk and preliminary approaches for system resilience
Phase 2 December 2013—September 2014
    • Identification of policy challenges and institutional barriers
    • Alignment with other regional plans
    • Solicitation and incorporation of interagency, partner and international comments
    • Additional analyses as warranted
    • Ongoing validation and collaboration
Phase 3 September 2014—January 2015
    • Review of draft report
    • Submission of final report to congress

Contact Us

E-mail: dll-cenado-pa@usace.army.mil

Phone: 347-370-4550

The USACE Team

North Atlantic Division
302 General Lee Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11252
347-370-4550 | Email

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Alexandria, Va 22315
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Vicksburg, MS 39180-6199
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