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Hurricane Sandy

Science to support recovery and resilience

Hurricane Sandy made a variety of impacts along the highly populated northeastern Atlantic seaboard. Scientific information and the development of new tools helps communities recover and become more resilient in the future.

Over 160 of our scientists, technicians, and specialists responded to Hurricane Sandy by deploying field equipment and capturing information both before and after the storm. Our Sandy Science Plan identifies major research themes that support recovery activities as well as develop tools that prepare us for the future.

Stay up-to-date with our data and tools, news, reports, and updates about the ongoing work.

The Science Plan

The Science Plan

The USGS Science Plan was developed immediately following Hurricane Sandy to coordinate continuing USGS activities with other agencies. In October 2013, the USGS received supplemental funding for specific projects that support continued recovery and restoration efforts for Hurricane Sandy. These projects are part of the science plan, "Meeting the Science Needs of the Nation in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy—A U.S. Geological Survey Science Plan for Support of Restoration and Recovery," that also identifies data and information needs to prepare us for the next storm. Much of the work in the northeastern U.S. contributes to improved capabilities for future events across the nation. Learn more about these research projects by reading the fact sheets that address storm impacts by theme.

Research Themes Overview

Scientific work in five fundamental research areas supports the U.S. Department of the Interior and a wide range of partners and stakeholders. These research themes are:


USGS Press Release: Hurricane Sandy Impacts Did Not Contribute to Subsequent Storm Flooding

5/27/2014  Study shows that flooding in coastal areas bordering Great South Bay, N.Y. and Barnegat Bay, N.J. caused by winter storms that occurred following Hurricane Sandy was not influenced by changes Sandy made to barrier islands or other bay features. The study, “Water-level response in back-barrier bays unchanged following Hurricane Sandy,” by Aretxabaleta, A.L., Butman, B., and Ganju, N.K., is in the Geophysical Research Letters journal and available online.

News Release: Decade of Fire Island Research Available to Help Understand Future Coastal Changes

12/17/2013 A new resource about Fire Island, N.Y. is now at the fingertips of coastal managers, planners and the public that will be useful for understanding and predicting future change on the island.

News Release: USGS Plans Wave Data Collection & Delivery Improvements

11/12/2013 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a goal of improving coastal storm response by increasing the amount and quality of storm tide, storm surge, and wave data collected and made available in conjunction with the landfall of a hurricane or severe coastal storm.

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