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Pre-Storm Elevation: Pelican Island and Fire Island, New York This location is within Fire Island National Seashore near Old Inlet—a very narrow portion of the island that has experienced breaching in previous large storms. The island breached during Sandy, creating a new inlet, eroding the beach and cutting through 4-m high dunes.USGS Awarded Supplemental Funds to Support Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding

A year after Hurricane Sandy collided with the East coast, the U.S. Geological Survey continues to study the changes left behind in its devastating path. Scientists are generating critical information to aid the recovery process of the coastal areas and help communities become more resilient against future extreme storms.

The USGS' ability to conduct these studies is getting a big boost. The Department of the Interior announced today the funding of supplemental appropriations for nine USGS projects, which total $22.4 million, for mitigating the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the rebuilding process. These new projects will deliver high-resolution topographical surveys; evaluations of ecosystem resiliency; enhanced storm tide monitoring, vulnerability assessments and data display capabilities; documentation of coastal processes and vulnerabilities of Fire Island, New York and Assateague Island regional areas; assessments of estuarine responses to the storm and changes to the barrier islands; and forecasts of biological vulnerabilities.

Read more: USGS Awarded Supplemental Funds to Support Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding posted: 2013-10-31

Photograph showing overwash of Kwajalein AtollImpacts of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Department of Defense Installations on Pacific Ocean Atolls

Scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center will gather field data on U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Republic of the Marshall Islands from October 27-November 15 as part of a joint USGS, NOAA, and University of Hawaii study focused on Pacific atolls that house Department of Defense (DOD) installations. The study will assess the impacts of sea-level rise and storm-wave inundation on infrastructure and freshwater under various sea-level rise and climatic scenarios. DOD will use the findings to develop climate-change adaptation plans for infrastructure and associated water resources. The findings will also be useful to Pacific island nations already threatened by sea-level rise and changing climate. For more information, contact Curt Storlazzi,, 831-460-7521.posted: 2013-10-21

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