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Hazard events threaten lives and livelihoods, resulting in deaths and billions of dollars in damage. The USGS works with many partners to monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards so that policymakers and the public have the understanding they need to enhance preparedness, response and resilience.

Scientists with the National Wetlands Research Center conduct research on changes to the environment that impact lands, lives and livelihoods, and vulnerable ecosystems; providing science to inform decisions that ensure safe and resilient coastal communities. Stressors include hurricanes and other extreme storms, storm surge, flooding, subsidence, sea-level rise, invasive species, fire, and events resulting from human activity.

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