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Fire Island Coastal Change research is primarily focused on understanding the long- and short-term behavior of the Fire Island barrier island system.

Fire Island Coastal Change research is primarily focused on understanding the long- and short-term behavior of the Fire Island barrier island system. The short-term (seasonal to annual) resiliency of Fire Island is largely dependent on the availability of sand in the nearshore. Longer-term resiliency (decadal to centennial) of the barrier island is largely dependent on the availability of sand on the inner-continental shelf and the processes that govern the transport of sand from the shelf to the beach system. The USGS has had ongoing research activities onshore and offshore of Fire Island since the late 1990s, providing science to help inform management decisions within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Recent efforts include substantial response to Hurricane Sandy.