Geologist Julie Bernier examines a water-logged sand auger core
Scientists collected sand auger cores from Fire Island to help reconstruct the evolution of the barrier over the last several centuries, with the goal of quantifying changes in sediment input and partitioning through time (e.g. how sand is distributed between the terrestrial portion of the barrier and the beach/shoreface). With this information, it could be possible to predict how the barrier might respond in the future (or even how it is responding presently) to changes in rate of sea-level rise, storminess, and sediment budget.
Learn more about the Coastal Sediment Availability and Flux project.