Looking towards the beach in the High Dune Wilderness of Fire Island
Looking over the dunes towards the beach in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness at Fire Island, New York.
The project at Fire Island seeks to 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.