Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2415–2432, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-2415-2020
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2415–2432, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-20-2415-2020

Research article 14 Sep 2020

Research article | 14 Sep 2020

Storm tide amplification and habitat changes due to urbanization of a lagoonal estuary

Philip M. Orton et al.

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AdaptMap: Flood, Sea Level Rise and Adaptation Viewer for Jamaica Bay P. Orton, K. MacManus, E. Sanderson, J. Mills, M. Giampieri, K. Fisher, G. Yetman, E. Doxsey-Whitfield, Z. Wu, L. Yin, N. Georgas, and A. Blumberg http://AdaptMap.info/jamaicabay

Water Data for the Nation, United States Geological Survey USGS http://waterdata.usgs.gov

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The geometry of estuaries is often altered through dredging to make room for ships and with extensive landfill over wetlands to enable development. Here, we use historical maps to help create computational models of seawater flow around and into a lagoonal bay of New York City for the 1880s and 2010s. Our results show that these past man-made changes cause higher coastal storm tides and that they result specifically from deeper depths, expanded inlet width, and landfill.
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