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Scientists collect key environmental data after Superstorm Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a series of NSF Rapid Response grants enabled multidisciplinary, multi-institution research teams to collect key environmental data needed to understand the storm's effects on the Northeast coast.

The scientists' quick response in the aftermath of the storm helped secure the most evidence possible before Sandy's signature is obscured by subsequent storms and the passage of time. The resulting research will provide a framework for understanding Sandy's environmental impacts and planning for future storms of similar magnitude.

Rapid Response grants facilitate immediate action by the scientific community when natural or human-made disasters occur. With the Rapid Response data collected after Sandy, scientists will measure sediment displacement and changes to the seafloor, map the distribution of debris, and test sediment for the presence of sewage and metals like mercury.


  • an inlet breach on fire island triggered by hurricane sandy
An inlet breach on Fire Island triggered by Hurricane Sandy.
National Park Service/Abell

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