Lidar-Derived Beach and Dune Morphology, Rockaway Peninsula and Long Beach Barrier Island, New York

As part of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)-funded Monitoring Hurricane Sandy Beach and Marsh Resilience in New York and New Jersey project (NFWF project ID 2300.16.055110), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center (SPCMSC) is using remotely-sensed data and targeted in-situ observations to monitor the post-restoration evolution of beaches, dunes, vegetative cover, and sediment budgets at seven post-Hurricane Sandy beach and marsh restoration sites in New York and New Jersey. These data and derived ecological resilience metrics will be used to assess the cost-effectiveness and ecological benefits of the restoration techniques and evaluate how the restored parts of the coast have changed through time. The USGS National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project publishes lidar-derived beach morphologic features including dune crest, dune toe, and shoreline position as well as beach width and beach slope along cross-shore transects to help define coastal vulnerability to storm impacts and long-term shoreline change (Doran and others, 2020; This dataset represents a subset of the November 16, 2012 Post-Hurricane Sandy New York and New Jersey lidar-derived beach morphology data (Doran and others, 2020; that includes the Rockaway Peninsula and Long Beach Barrier Island, New York coastlines. This subset area encompasses NFWF restoration project NPS-1A (Mitigate Impacts from Artificial Groin to Jacob Riis Beach to Restore Habitats and Recreation Resources) as well as Breezy Point, Fort Tilden, and Jacob Riis Park of the National Park Service (NPS) Jamaica Bay Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area. For more information, please refer to the full metadata included with each data resource.

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Last Updated May 31, 2022, 17:24 (UTC)
Created May 27, 2022, 18:24 (UTC)
Data Maintainer Julie Bernier
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Metric Category Ecological
Metric Class Beach Geomorphology, Dune Geomorphology, Elevation, Shoreline
Resilience Grant NPS-1A
Reporting Years 2017, Pre-2014, 2014
States and Territories NY
Measurement Stage Baseline, Monitoring
Restoration Activity Dune, Beach