Student Project: Assessing natural and nature-based shoreline features (Branco Lab)

Natural and Nature Based Shoreline Features (NNBF) are being integrated into coastal resilience strategies due to the variety of services that they provide. These services may include ecological enhancement, flood risk reduction, and socio-economic benefits. A new statewide framework for monitoring the performance of NNBF relative to other shoreline types will help shape NY State policies and practices for shoreline management. This summer, we will be applying the framework at sites around Jamaica Bay including the newly completed living shoreline project at the West Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. BUEE students will work with our partners to collect field data and interpret finding to better understand the value of NNBF for coastal climate adaptation.