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USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2016-322-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Hurricane Sandy - Impacts to and Vulnerability of Coastal Beaches (AE03FBQ)

Principal Investigator(s): Jennifer Miselis

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Julie Bernier, Owen Brenner

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Ground Penetrating Radar, Location-Elevation: Benchmarks, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Location-Elevation: Profiles, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Ongoing post-Sandy beach recovery assessment; GPR survey and vibracore collection to characterize alongshore geologic variability and integrate onshore geology with surf zone and nearshore datasets

Vehicle(s): White Dodge Pickup - White, Chevy Suburban - Silver

Start Port/Location: Fire Island, NY

End Port/Location: Fire Island, NY

Start Date: 2016-04-04

End Date: 2016-04-15

Equipment Used: Vibracorer, Push Corer, Ashtech Z-Xtreme DGPS, GPS Pole, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

Information to be Derived: Beach elevation, subsurface profiles, sediment thickness

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected repeat beach profiles and shorelines; 16 vibracores and 9 sand auger push cores from shoreface and beach environments; and 90 GPR profiles from beach and back-barrier settings.

Staff: Julie Bernier, Owen Brenner, Kyle Kelso, Jennifer Miselis

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity were modified from entries from Field Activity 2016-304-FA


Fire Island, NY

North: 40.70497728 South: 40.61224853 West: -73.3461 East: -72.85967407


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Forde, A.S., Bernier, J.C., and Miselis, J.L., 2018, Archive of ground penetrating radar and differential global positioning system data collected in April 2016 from Fire Island, New York: data release, doi: 10.5066/F7P84B1P.

Forde, A.S., Bernier, J.C., Miselis, J.L., 2018, Ground penetrating radar and differential global positioning system data collected in April 2016 from Fire Island, New York: Reston, VA, doi: 10.3133/ds1078.

Hapke, C.J., Nelson, T.R., Henderson, R.E., Brenner, O.T., Miselis, J.L., 2017, Morphologic evolution of the wilderness area breach at Fire Island, New Yorkâ2012â15: Reston, VA, 24 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20171116.

Henderson, R.E., Hapke, C.J., Brenner, O.T., and Reynolds, B.J., 2017, Hurricane Sandy Beach Response and Recovery at Fire Island, New York: Shoreline, Beach Profile Data, and Breach Shoreline Data: October 2012 to June 2016: data release, doi: 10.5066/F7G15Z17.

Lentz, E., Miselis, J, Days Untethered: Excerpts from the Field as the U.S. Geological Survey Studies Fire Island: , Fire Island Tide Newsletter.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Vibracorer --- Geology
Push Corer --- Geology
Ashtech Z-Xtreme DGPS --- Navigation
Benchmarks ( Post-processed DGPS data)
GPS Pole --- Navigation
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) --- Ground Penetrating Radar ( Unprocessed digital GPR trace data ) ( Processed, elevation-corrected subsurface profile images ) ( GPR trackline locations) ( Individual GPR profile parameters)

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