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Gauging the Impact of the Superstorm Sandy Breach



The breach that was created at Old Inlet on Fire Island National Seashore after Superstorm Sandy continues to undergo natural changes that affect Long Island’s coast. School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (SoMAS) Professor Charles Flagg has continually photographed the breach by airplane and is using computer models to study the changes. This is the latest photo, captured on January 17, 2019. He and colleagues use the visuals to help better understand how breaches affect water circulation and salinity distributed in the Great South Bay and circulation and sediment transport into Jamaica Bay.  The research is supported by the New York State Department of Conservation. Go to this SoMAS webpage to see more on the images and a guide to a mosaic of the breach changes over time. For more about Professor Flagg’s research, see this website.


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