Post-Sandy MidAtlantic Coast Ecological Damage Rapid Assessment

This project is a collaboration between the American Littoral Society, the Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation

The goal of the project was to undertake a rapid assessment of the effect of SuperStorm Sandy on the MidAtlantic's coastal habitats to help prioritize remedial actions to be taken immediately and in the future to restore and rebuild key habitats. The objective was to collate as much relevant information about the types of habitats affected, the possible severity and type habitat alterations experienced, the geographic footprint of affected areas, and likely impact on fish and wildlife populations.

Geography of Interest: Delaware Bay, New Jersey Atlantic coast and back bays, Hudson-Raritan Harbor/Estuary and Long Island Sound.

Final Report


Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Coastal Habitats', by the American Littoral Society for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
(3.6m PDF)


These maps were prepared for the project and report, 'Assessing the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy on Coastal Habitats', in collaboration with the American Littoral Society and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Please refer to the report (PDF linked on this webpage) for mapping process information and results.

Maps displayed by geographic section in PDF format:

Assessment Maps: New Jersey Atlantic Coast New Jersey Atlantic Coast (2.2m PDF)
Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay, Lower New York Bay, Jamaica Bay (2.6m PDF)
sandy assessment map Long Island Sound (2.7m PDF)
Delaware Bay (2.0m PDF)

Public Participation

Rapid Assessment Questionaire & Submitting Site Location Photos and Info Using Smartphone App:

In addition to remote sensed damage interpretation of the study areas using aerial photograph images, we requested the assistance of professional natural resource managers working for government agencies and non-governmental organizations to undertake this rapid assessment. Our role was to compile and synthesize information from the 'Rapid Assessment Questionnaire' and an interactive mapping application which users submitted geotagged information and photos about specific site locations.

Contact at CRSSA

Richard G. Lathrop, Jr.
Director, Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA)

Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis (CRSSA)
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
14 College Farm Road, Cook Campus
New Brunswick, NJ USA 08901-8551
Tel: 848-932-1582

Last Updated: 12/19/2012