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Decision Support for Hurricane Sandy Restoration and Future Conservation to Increase Resiliency of Beach Habitats and Beach-Dependent Species

Location: CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, RI, VA

Project type: Resilience

Funding awarded: $1,750,000

Project Summary

This collaborative project through the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative is a coordinated effort to integrate existing data and tools with foundational data and impact assessments to guide decisions about where to conduct beach restoration, conservation and management in regions affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Conservation Goals

  • Completion of tools for coastal beaches and beach-dependent species that are used for decisions by DOI, other federal agencies, states and communities on future beach management and restoration in the face of sea level rise and storms
  • Coordination of a monitoring program to evaluate the effectiveness of beach restoration and management in increasing persistence and resiliency of beach habitats and species
  • Availability and use of these results and tools by partners at regional, state and local scales

Project Benefits

  • Provides integrated data and modeling on sea level rise, storms, beach response, habitat and species use to guide beach management, restoration and conservation decisions
  • Links together efforts in physical and biological research, restoration and conservation efforts to reduce uncertainty in the face of change

Project Partners

  • Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs)
  • Climate Science Centers (CSCs)
  • National Park Service (NPS)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
  • U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • State Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Rutgers University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Conserve Wildlife Foundation
  • University of Massachusetts
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The Piping Plover Recovery Group

Additional Details

The goal of this project is to sustain ecological values, ecosystem services and habitat suitability of beaches in the face of storm impacts and sea level rise in the Hurricane Sandy region. This includes integration and expansion of results from an ongoing sea level rise modeling project to couple predictive models of sea level rise, beach geomorphology, and habitat for piping plovers. These decision support models will be expanded from Maryland and Virginia to include New Jersey, New York and other states impacted by the Hurricane. Work will be conducted in collaboration with Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), Department of the Interior bureaus, Climate Science Centers (CSCs), coastal states, tribes, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and university partners.

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Last updated: December 22, 2014