Second Annual Long Island Natural History Conference



Coastal Response to Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island, NY
Cheryl Hapke

ABSTRACT:  Hurricane Sandy resulted in profound morphologic changes to the beach and dune system at Fire Island, NY. Data collected before and after the storm, as well as throughout the winter and summer following Sandy, provide a means to systematically examine the response and recovery of the coastal system from the largest storm to impact the island in recent history. The response to Sandy is also explored in the context of the long-term (decade to century) behavior of the system and the regional geology.

Dr. Cheryl Hapke is a research coastal geologist with the US Geological Survey in St Petersburg, FL. She received her Ph.D. in coastal geology at the University of California Santa Cruz, a M.S. from the University of Maryland and a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. Hapke's research is focused on shoreline dynamics, coastal erosion hazards and processes of coastal change. She has been a principal investigator on a cooperative research effort focused on assessing morphologic change of the barrier island at Fire Island, N.Y. since 2006, collaborating with other USGS researchers, the NPS, USACE and NY State agencies. Most recently she was detailed to the FEMA NY Joint Field Office to serve as coastal science subject matter expert for Hurricane Sandy response and recovery.