The Impacts of Storms Irene and Sandy on Sediments

Seminar: December 4, 2018 at the Hudson River Foundation

Extreme events have the potential to mobilize and re-distribute large sediment volumes from tributaries as well as from riverbanks and the river bottom. This impacts habitats, contaminated sediment deposits, navigation, and stability of restoration sites. Understanding the details of these impacts as well as changes of general sediment conditions is important for managing estuarine systems, especially since such events might become more frequent in the future. The events of tropical storms Irene, Lee and Sandy, which hit the Hudson River Estuary in short succession in 2011 and 2012, provided a great opportunity to study the impact of such storms on the sediment in the Hudson River.


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