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Spotlight on Sandy

New Personnel Contribute to USGS Studies of How Estuaries Respond to Storms

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Several people have recently begun contributing to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) “Estuarine Physical Response to Storms” project, which is measuring and modeling sediment responses to Hurricane Sandy and future storms in three Atlantic estuaries: Barnegat Bay along the New Jersey coast, Chincoteague Bay between Assateague Island and mainland Maryland and Virginia, and Jamaica Bay, adjacent to the southeast shore of Brooklyn, New York. The four scientists are working closely with project chief Neil Ganju at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

New personnel huddle around a map and numerical model grid of Chincoteague Bay
Above: (Left to right) Alexis Beudin, Steve Suttles, Zafer Defne, and Will Oestreich huddle around a map and numerical model grid of Chincoteague Bay, off Maryland and Virginia, to plan field and modeling studies. [larger version]

Coastal scientist Zafer Defne began working in January 2012 on a collaboration between the USGS and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to map Barnegat Bay and study its water quality (learn more about this project). He is now contributing to the Estuarine Physical Response to Storms project by simulating Barnegat Bay’s geomorphic (related to the shape of the bay) and hydrodynamic (related to how water moves in the bay) response to Hurricane Sandy. Defne received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 and enjoys soccer in his spare time.

Alexis Beudin, who started in May 2014, is mirroring Defne’s Barnegat Bay efforts by developing a hydrodynamic model of Chincoteague Bay to investigate how storms and vegetation affect estuarine function—that is, the estuary’s ability to provide habitat for aquatic flora and fauna, protection from storm surges, flushing of land-derived nutrients, and other benefits. Beudin did his doctoral research at the University of Western Brittany, France, investigating the role of invasive gastropods (snails) on estuarine hydrodynamics. Beudin enjoys surfing and sailing when he is not doing numerical modeling.

Adding to the USGS surfing team is Steve Suttles, a professional engineer leading field observations in Barnegat and Chincoteague Bays. Suttles has more than 20 years of experience leading field studies, developing new instrumentation, and analyzing sediment-transport data. Before his current assignment, he worked at the University of Maryland’s Horn Point Laboratory.

Last but not least is Will Oestreich, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellow, who is investigating the effect of dissolved organic matter on light attenuation (reduction in the intensity of a light beam due to absorption or scattering). Oestreich is an undergraduate at Northwestern University and is examining the relationship between fluorescence, absorbance, and isotopic signature of organic material in U.S. Atlantic coast estuaries. 

 (Read about two others who recently joined the estuary project in a Sound Waves article “Recent Hires Assist USGS Studies of Barrier Island and Estuarine Responses to Hurricane Sandy”.

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Mapping, Measuring, and Modeling to Understand Water-Quality Dynamics in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, New Jersey
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Earthquake, Landslide, and Tsunami Hazards in the Caribbean

Through the Eyes of a Polar Bear—First "Point of View" Video

Spotlight on Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Impacts Did Not Contribute to Subsequent Storm Flooding

New Personnel Study Estuarine Response to Storms

Summer Hires Assist Studies of Coastal Sediment Transport

Tracking Oil—USGS Tools and Analysis Inform Oil-Spill Response

Help Identify Coastal Hazards with Aerial Photographs on "iCoast" Website

Coral Reefs Provide Critical Protection to Coastal Inhabitants

New Postdoctoral Researchers at USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Summer Intern at USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Publications New USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Web Pages

Facilitating Identification of Coastal and Undersea Features

May / June Publications

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