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Jamaica Bay, New York

Satellite image of Jamaica Bay, New York, part of Gateway National Recreation Area


Jamaica Bay

Coastal communities landward of wetland complexes are protected from high water levels experienced during storm events by the dampening effect of the estuary and wetlands. Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge lies within the metropolis of New York City and contains extensive wetlands that are vulnerable to storm impacts.

In this project, net sediment fluxes to the wetland complex and estuary will be measured and compared with modeled sediment fluxes. In addition, high-resolution models of hydrodynamics and sediment transport in vegetated marshes will be tested in order to evaluate depositional patterns as well as vulnerability of marsh shorelines to wave attack.

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