Hurricane Sandy

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Piping plover adult and two chicks
June 9, 2014

Piping plover parent and chicks

A piping plover parent and chicks.

Piping plover chicks concealed on a sandy beach
July 8, 2015

Piping plover chicks concealed on a sandy beach

Piping plover chicks are well concealed in shallow nests on sandy beaches.

a Virginia beach before and after Hurricane Sandy
November 9, 2012

a Virginia beach before and after Hurricane Sandy

Overwash processes caused by storms, like the one seen here following Hurricane Sandy on a barrier island in Virginia, push sand landward over dunes to create low-elevation, minimally vegetated sandy habitats used by a variety of species, like piping plovers.

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.

. Houses, cars, and a street in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, covered in beach sand
December 31, 2012

Seaside Heights, NJ after Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy struck the New Jersey shore October 29–31, 2012. Houses, cars, and a street in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, were covered in beach sand after the hurricane's storm tide receded

USGS hydrologist and a Shinnecock Nation member work together gathering oyster and bed sediment samples
December 31, 2012

Gathering oyster and bed sediment samples along Long Island, NY

USGS hydrologist Kaitlyn Colella and a Shinnecock Nation member work together gathering oyster and bed sediment samples along Long Island, New York, coast. Contaminants released and or mobilized as a result of Hurricane Sandy may be retained in bed sediments in aquatic environments and may be accumulating in exposed organisms, especially at low trophic levels (e.g.,

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images of the wilderness breac
December 31, 2015

Aerial images of the wilderness breach

Aerial images of the wilderness breach: a) Aerial photograph taken several days after Hurricane Sandy (photo credit: NOAA); b) Aerial mosaic of the breach in June 2015 showing the location of erosion on the ocean side of the breach and deposition that results in the seasonal formation of a spit (photo credit: Stonybrook University).

Steve Suttles and Neil Ganju surveying the position of a deployed oceanographic platform in Great South Bay, NY
December 31, 2017

Scientific Research in Great South Bay, NY

Steve Suttles and Neil Ganju surveying the position of a deployed oceanographic platform in Great South Bay, NY

May 4, 2018

Image of the Week - Sandy's Lasting Effects on Fire Island, NY

Fire Island, a barrier island off the coast of Long Island has seen large changes from Hurricane Sandy and several other powerful storms since.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

USGS EROS Center (

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Preview image of swath bathymetric grid collected offshore of Fire Island, NY
September 10, 2015

Swath Bathymetric Grid

This bathymetric grid represents approximately 3900 kilometers of bathymetric data collected in 2014. These data were collected using a dual-head R2Sonic 2024 multibeam echosounder (MBES) by Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Inc., during USGS field activity 2014-072-FA. These bathymetric data were used to determine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the inner continental shelf

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