Hurricane Sandy


Hurricane Sandy made a variety of impacts along the highly populated northeastern Atlantic seaboard in October 2012. USGS received $43.2 million in Supplemental funding, supporting more than 25 projects designed to improve forecasts of impacts and ecological consequences. Improved understanding of these impacts will better prepare us for the next one.

Science to Support Coastal Resilence

Science to Support Coastal Resilence

The USGS Science Plan was developed immediately following Hurricane Sandy. Across five major themes, USGS used a unique geospatial approach to put extreme storms into the greater context of climate change, sea-level rise and coastal vulnerability.

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Research Themes

USGS scientists are working to assess forecast effectiveness, improve how we share information, and identify gaps to improve the information and tools we provide.

Coastal Elevation Data and Mapping

Understanding Coastal Change

Coastal Hydrology and Storm Surge

Environmental Quality and Contaminants

Coastal Ecosystem Impacts


Date published: July 25, 2019

Piping Plovers Benefited from Hurricane Sandy

Storms and undeveloped coastlines can create and maintain habitat for this species, which is threatened along the Atlantic coast.

Date published: May 29, 2019

USGS and NOAA merge collections to create new high-resolution, broad-scale geologic maps of the seafloor

USGS and NOAA collaborate to create high-resolution maps on the Atlantic continental shelf between Delaware and Virginia.

Date published: July 17, 2018

USGS scientists successfully acquire repeat geophysical data at Fire Island National Seashore

The objective of the field effort was to remeasure seafloor elevations and sub-seafloor geology in areas that were surveyed in 2014 in order to quantify change in shoreface sediment availability and flux, some of the first data of its kind.