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Summer Hires Assist Studies of Coastal Sediment Transport



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Robert Forney and Elizama Pons-Montalvo are undergraduate students working this summer at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, helping to investigate the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The two students are analyzing data collected along the coast of Fire Island, New York, as part of an effort to measure coastal wave and current processes that mobilize and move sediment. The data-collection program was described in a previous Spotlight on Sandy article in Sound Waves, “USGS Deploys Oceanographic Gear Offshore of Fire Island, New York”.

New undergraduates working this summer at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Above: Elizama Pons-Montalvo (left) and Robert Forney, undergraduates working this summer at the USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. USGS photograph by Sandy Baldwin. [larger version]

Robert Forney is a student at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is a physics major studying ocean processes and wants to attend graduate school to further his knowledge of oceanography. His previous research has focused on evaluating surface ocean currents using radar. This summer Forney is analyzing how wave heights, periods, and directions vary along the coast during storms. This analysis will increase our understanding of how variations in the strength of alongshore wave-driven flows can create regions of erosion and deposition along the coastline.

Elizama Pons-Montalvo is a student at the City College of New York in Manhattan. She is majoring in geology and is interested in the physical aspects of the ocean. She has previous experience in bioinformatics (an interdisciplinary field that develops methods and software for organizing and analyzing biological data) and more recently has conducted experiments on the effects of antibiotics in groundwater systems. This summer she is studying how ocean currents vary along the coast and investigating how these currents transport sediment during major storm events. Although surface currents tend to move in the direction of the wind, near-bottom currents are more complex and more important for moving sediment along the coast.

Both Forney and Pons-Montalvo are also participating in other activities, including collecting data on day cruises, helping to process data, and interacting with scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. We welcome their involvement in the project and anticipate that they will have a rewarding summer experience.


Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS Deploys Oceanographic Gear Offshore of Fire Island, New York
Jan. / Feb. 2014
Collecting Ocean-Circulation and Sediment-Transport Data Offshore of Fire Island, New York
July / August 2012

Related Websites
Fire Island Coastal Change
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USGS Continues Coastal Research at Fire Island this Winter; Program January 28
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Fieldwork
cover story:
Earthquake, Landslide, and Tsunami Hazards in the Caribbean

Through the Eyes of a Polar Bear—First "Point of View" Video

Spotlight on Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Impacts Did Not Contribute to Subsequent Storm Flooding

New Personnel Study Estuarine Response to Storms

Summer Hires Assist Studies of Coastal Sediment Transport

Research
Tracking Oil—USGS Tools and Analysis Inform Oil-Spill Response

Help Identify Coastal Hazards with Aerial Photographs on "iCoast" Website

Coral Reefs Provide Critical Protection to Coastal Inhabitants

Staff
New Postdoctoral Researchers at USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Summer Intern at USGS in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Publications New USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Web Pages

Facilitating Identification of Coastal and Undersea Features

May / June Publications

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