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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:


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You are invited - The USGS Congressional Briefing Series: #StrongAfterSandy—The Science Supporting the Department of the Interior's Response

9/12/2014  Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 devastated some of the most densely populated areas of the Atlantic Coast. The storm claimed lives, altered natural lands and wildlife habitat, and caused millions of dollars in property damage. Hurricane Sandy is a stark reminder of our Nation's need to better protect people and communities from future storms. To inform the Department of the Interior's recovery efforts, the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are collectively developing and applying science to build resilient coastal communities that can better withstand and prepare for catastrophic storms of the future.

Date: Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: 2325 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Dr. Claude Gascon, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer, emcee
U.S. Geological Survey – Dr. Neil K. Ganju, Research Oceanographer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Eric Schrading, Field Office Supervisor, New Jersey Field Office
National Park Service – Mary Foley, Chief Scientist, Northeast Region
Partner Host: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

See the new Fact Sheet, Using Science to Strengthen our Nation's Resilience to Tomorrow's Challenges—Understanding and Preparing for Coastal Impacts

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Integrating Assessments of Storm-Induced Physical Changes Across Coastal Ecosystems

8/25/2014  The Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment project is integrating a wetland assessment with existing coastal-change hazard assessments for the adjacent dunes and beaches, and will focus, initially, on Assateague Island, Maryland, to create a more comprehensive look at coastal ecosystem vulnerability.

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News Releases: Strengthening Storm-Tide Sensor Networks. Providing real-time coastal flooding data critical to emergency managers

7/30/2014  The USGS is currently building new monitoring networks to enhance coastal storm-tide information following major storms affected by Hurricane Sandy. A network of about 1,000 sites ranging from coastal gaging stations to rapidly deployable temporary storm-tide, wave and barometric-pressure sensors will provide capabilities for recording storm tide, surge, and wave hydrologic information from the coast and inland to the point of peak inundation. Such information is vital to storm response efforts. You can see the network here and monitor progress as sensors are being installed. See news releases by state: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., Virginia

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