USGS - science for a changing world

St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Data Release

Archive of Sediment Data from Vibracores Collected in 2016 from Fire Island, New York

By Julie C. Bernier,1 Noreen A. Buster,1 Owen T. Brenner,1 Kyle W. Kelso,1 Thomas M. Tuten,2 and Jennifer L. Miselis1

1U.S. Geological Survey
2Cherokee Nation Technologies


Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a long-term coastal morphologic-change study at Fire Island, New York, prior to and after Hurricane Sandy impacted the area in October 2012. The Fire Island Coastal Change project objectives include understanding the morphologic evolution of the barrier island system on a variety of time scales (months to centuries) and resolving storm-related impacts, post-storm beach response, and recovery. In April 2016, scientists from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted sediment sampling and geophysical surveys on Fire Island to characterize and quantify spatial variability in the subaerial geology with the goal of subsequently integrating onshore geology with other surf zone and nearshore datasets.

This data release serves as an archive of sediment data from 14 vibracores collected along 6 profiles from the upper beach to shoreface along Fire Island on April 10 and 11, 2016 (USGS Field Activity Number [FAN] 2016–322–FA). Sedimentologic and stratigraphic metrics (for example, sediment texture or unit thicknesses) derived from these data can be used to assess spatial and temporal trends and may aid in understanding beach evolution. Data collection and processing methods are described in U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1100.


File Name and Description Metadata (XML format) Metadata (text format) Download File
Sample locations (.xlsx, .csv, .shp, .kml)
2016-322-FA_sediment-met.xml 2016-322-FA_sediment-met.txt
(57 KB)
Core logs with grain-size plots (.pdf)
Same as above Same as above 2016-322-FA_CoreLogs.pdf
(5.4 MB)
Core photographs (.jpg)
Same as above Same as above
(18.7 MB)
Grain-size summary statistics (.xlsx, .csv)
Same as above Same as above
(706 KB)
Supplemental Information
Field Activity Collection System (FACS) logs and scanned handwritten notes (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable
(1.8 MB)
Scanned handwritten core logs (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable 2016-322-FA_CoreLogs_handwritten.pdf
(9.8 MB)
GRADISTAT grain-size run statistics (.xlsx)
Not applicable Not applicable
(6.8 MB)
Table showing elevations and sediment depths of previously-surveyed beach surfaces at each core site (.pdf)
Not applicable Not applicable 2016-322-FA_ProfElev_to_CoreDepth.pdf
(79 KB)

Graphic map showing sites on Fire Island where vibracores were collected
Figure 1. Locations of sites where vibracores (orange circles) were collected along previously surveyed beach-elevation profiles in April 2016 (Field Activity Number [FAN] 2016-322–FA).

Suggested Citation

Bernier, J.C., Buster, N.A., Brenner, O.T., Kelso, K.W., Tuten, T.M., and Miselis, J.L., 2018, Archive of sediment data from vibracores collected in 2016 from Fire Island, New York: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: Feedback
Page Last Modified: (JSG)