Superstorm Sandy: Its Sedimentary Impact on the Beach and Barrier Systems

In The Field: A Rapid Response Mission

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Superstorm Sandy
Its Sedimentary Impact on the Beach and Barrier Systems

UTIG researchers completed their field work, collaborating with other scientists from Stony Brook University, Adelphi University, the City University of New York and other institutions from the New York metro area to assess the health of the offshore barrier system that protects the New York Harbor and southwestern Long Island region against damage from future storms. The team conducted marine geophysical surveys of the seafloor and shallow subsurface to map the sedimentary impact of Superstorm Sandy on the beach/barrier systems of selected bay, inlet and nearshore areas of the south shore of Long Island. Read more about the project.

Photo of the research team: Jamie, John, Steffen Cassandra, Beth, and Roger

The research team consists of research scientists John Goff (UTIG), Jamie Austin (UTIG), Beth Christensen (Aldelphi), and Roger Flood (Stony Brook), seismic data acquisition expert Steffen Saustrup (UTIG), and graduate student Cassandra Browne (UTIG). Cassandra kept us apprised of what was going on in the field. You can view her blog through the links below.

NPR science reporter Christopher Joyce visited with the team as they conducted their research. Listen to his story online.

Cassandra's Blog