Shoreface Morphology, Geology, and Volume, Rockaway Peninsula, NY

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 boat-based bathymetry and geophysics data to monitor the post-restoration evolution of shorefaces 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 geophysics-derived beach morphologic features, including the sand volume of the shoreface, to help define coastal vulnerability to storm impacts and long-term shoreline change (Wei and others, 2021; Additional resources include previously published multibeam and single-beam bathymetry collected in 2019 (Stalk and others, 2019;, chirp seismic reflection data collected in 2019 (Forde and others, 2020;, and a manuscript describing acquisition methods and implications of the data (Wei and Miselis, 2022; This dataset includes the Rockaway Peninsula shoreface and 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 July 27, 2022, 18:37 (UTC)
Created July 27, 2022, 14:32 (UTC)
Data Maintainer Emily Wei
Email Address
Metric Category Ecological
Metric Class Beach Geomorphology, Elevation, Shoreline
Reporting Years 2019
States and Territories NY
Measurement Stage Monitoring