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and fencing on a Fire Island beach
June 21, 2014

Sand fencing can affect natural beach processes

Human modifications to beaches, such as sand fencing, sea walls and rock jetties, can alter natural beach processes like overwash. This can affect how much habitat for species like piping plovers is created by storms.

This photo shows an area on the Rockaway Peninsula where high quality shorebird habitat has been closed off to beach recreation.
June 20, 2014

Area Closed

USGS scientists are working to model shorebird habitat availability both today and in the future, given processes like sea-level rise, in an effort to support the efficient management of beaches for both people and nesting shorebirds. This photo shows an area on the Rockaway Peninsula where high quality shorebird habitat has been closed off to beach recreation.

Gateway National Recreation Area shown here on the Rockaway Peninsula adjacent to New York City.
June 19, 2014

Gateway National Recreation Area shown here on the Rockaway Peninsula

The beach-dependent shorebirds project at the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center models current and future habitat availability for nesting shorebirds in an effort to map current and likely future habitat availability on a range of sites along the U.S. Atlantic coast. Sites include beaches with a high human-presence, such as the Gateway National Recreation Area

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buoy instrumented to collect meteorological observations is recovered off Fire Island, NY
May 3, 2014

Buoy recovery off Fire Island, NY

A buoy instrumented to collect meteorological observations is recovered off Fire Island, NY in 2014.  The data collected is part of a study of the coastal processes that mobilize and transport sediment in the region
 

A remotely operated vessel starts a survey at dawn off Fire Island, NY
May 3, 2014

Dawn operations off Fire Island, NY

A remotely operated vessel starts a survey at dawn off Fire Island, NY in 2014.  The data collected is part of a study of the coastal processes that mobilize and transport sediment in the region

Photograph of USGS tilt current meter (white cylinder) in overwash channel in the Sandwich Town Beach
March 26, 2014

USGS tilt current meter (white cylinder) in overwash channel

USGS tilt current meter (white cylinder) in overwash channel in the Sandwich Town Beach flooded during a Nor'Easter in March 2014

Image of R/V Connecticut's deck loaded with oceanographic equipment.
February 6, 2014

Oceanographic equipment covering the R/V Connecticut's deck

Every inch of the deck of the R/V Connecticut is covered by instrumented platforms awaiting deployment on the seafloor south of Fire Island NY in winter 2014.

 

Image of oceanographic equipment covering the deck of the R/V Connecticut
February 5, 2014

Oceanographic equipment covering the deck of the R/V Connecticut

  Every inch of the deck of the R/V Connecticut is covered by instrumented platforms awaiting deployment on the seafloor south of Fire Island NY in winter 2014. 

 

Photograph of a Snowy Owl in flight
January 22, 2014

Snowy Owl

Snowy owl visitor to CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent in the Arctic Ocean

USGS scientists deploying mulitchannel seismic streamer onboard R/V Pelican
December 31, 2013

Deploying multichannel seismic streamer

Eric Moore, Wayne Baldwin, and Tommy O’Brien are deploying multichannel seismic streamer onboard R/V Pelican during a 2013 seismic cruise in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the gas hydrates program. 

sonar on a bottom platform while steaming to the deployment site in the Columbia River
December 31, 2013

sonar on a bottom platform

A sonar on a bottom platform while steaming to the deployment site in the Columbia River in 2013.  The 3 platforms acquired data on currents and sediment transport at the river mouth over several months.