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Data Series 1007

Coastal Bathymetry Data Collected in June 2014 from Fire Island, New York: The Wilderness Breach and Shoreface

By Timothy R. Nelson,1 Jennifer L. Miselis,1 Cheryl J. Hapke,1 Kathleen E. Wilson,2 Rachel E. Henderson,2 Owen T. Brenner,1 Billy J. Reynolds,1 Mark E. Hansen1

1U.S. Geological Survey.
2Cherokee Nation Technology Solutions.

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Eastern shore of the Fire Island wilderness breach (foreground) looking northwest showing the breach channel, the western shore (left), and Great South Bay (background).

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, collected bathymetric data along the upper shoreface and within the wilderness breach at Fire Island, New York, in June 2014. The U.S. Geological Survey is involved in a post-Hurricane Sandy effort to map and monitor the morphologic evolution of the shoreface along Fire Island and model the evolution of the wilderness breach as a part of the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Project GS2-2B. During this study, bathymetry was collected with single-beam echo sounders and global positioning systems, mounted to personal watercraft, along the Fire Island shoreface and within the wilderness breach. Additional bathymetry was collected using backpack global positioning systems along the flood shoals and shallow channels within the wilderness breach.


The authors are grateful to Chris Soller, Mike Bilecki, and Jordan Raphael with the National Park Service, Fire Island National Seashore, who provided permits, access, and assistance with field logistics. We also appreciate all the hard work of Dave Thompson and Kyle Kelso, the field crew from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, and Andrew Stephens, Tim Elfers, and Jackson Currie from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. We would also like to thank Dave Thompson and Noreen Buster for their thorough and helpful reviews.

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Suggested Citation

Nelson, T.R., Miselis, J.L., Hapke, C.J., Wilson, K.E., Henderson, R.E., Brenner, O.T., Reynolds, B.J., and Hansen, M.E., 2016, Coastal bathymetry data collected in June 2014 from Fire Island, New York—The wilderness breach and shoreface: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1007,


Timothy R. Nelson
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
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