Dr. Norbert Psuty, Director  



Cape Cod

Coastal Geomorphology is the scientific study of the shoreline's changing physical geography. These coastal dynamics are affected by wave action, atmospheric processes such as wind, and eustatic changes.

The erosion of New Jersey's beaches and dunes, along with absolute sea-level rise, threatens the natural and developed environment in the surrounding shore communities, exposing them to natural hazards such as flooding and wind damage. Certain precautions must be accepted by the state and the public to ensure that the proper management conditions are undertaken to protect the present and future generations.

We are currently involved in a variety of projects that range from storm impact assessment to nutrient flux analysis. Our main goals are: to measure the changes of New Jersey's coast, to promote a better understanding of these dynamics to the community, and to help make predictions that aid future design approaches to coastal hazard management.

Check out our latest projects:

Climate Change and Sea-level Rise at Gateway NRA

Implementation of Shoreline Surveys at National Wildlife Refuges


Our office operates under the seamless network initiative.

"A seamless network of the nation's ocean and coastal
refuges, reserves, parks, and sanctuaries... to better integrate the management of existing national parks, national wildlife refuges, national estuarine research reserves, and national marine sanctuaries in ocean and coastal areas."

In 2006, an interagency agreement was formed between the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Sanctuary Program, and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. This partnership encourages more effective interagency collaboration and cooperation.



Sandy Hook Cooperative Research Programs

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Last Updated: 7 January 2015
Original pages by Lindsay Modugno, Jeff Pace, and Dan Lidor.