PROJECT 7: NJ BAYWIDE STUDY OF GEOLOGIC, HYDROLOGIC AND CLIMATIC INFLUENCES ON THE FORMATION OF SANDY BEACH HABITAT WITH EMPHASIS ON LOCATING BEACHES THAT FEED SAND TO OTHER BEACHES.
There is little understanding of sand transport patterns in the Delaware Bay but in order to ensure ongoing sustainability of restored sites we need this knowledge. Our ultimate goal is to identify “feeder beaches” where sand can be placed and allowed to move to other beaches via natural sediment transport pathways.
In cooperation with NJIT and USGS, for each beach restoration project, we will gather data on waves, tides, currents and sedimentary characteristics to arrive at estimates of entrainment and longshore sediment transport potential at the target restoration sites and to aid in the decision on restoration design (geometry, timing and sedimentary characteristics) and need for structure alteration or removal.
These site-specific measurements will allow us to develop decision-support tools to aid in the identification of optimal locations in the bay for fill placement to enhance habitat and to assess the importance of subsequent modification to increase resilience.