Omnibus 2020-21 Research Project Discussion: Erosion and Recession of Coastal Bluffs
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Stony Brook and Oswego, NY, August 19, 2020 - New York Sea Grant welcomed stakeholder input on the research methods of a new study and learned about the bluff erosion that these stakeholders are experiencing.

The webinar, held on August 19th, was for a NYSG-funded project on "Erosion and Recession of Coastal Bluffs" led by Dr. Ali Farhadzadeh at Stony Brook University.

Coastal bluffs occupy a significant percentage of the shorelines along Long Island and New York’s Great Lakes. The unconsolidated sediment composition of these structures make them susceptible to erosive forces. Bluff recession poses a substantial risk to homes and other infrastructure and valuable ecosystems. This project will explore some of the most critical processes and factors that are involved in bluff recession to develop a modeling framework that can provide more accurate predictions of coastal bluff erosion. 

Results from the project will be useful for resource managers and property owners to be better equipped to predict and respond to future erosion events.

For more on this topic, visit NYSG's "Marine Coastal Hazards & Processes / Marinas" and "Great Lakes Coastal Processes & Erosion" resource sites at, respectively, and

Stony Brook University researcher Ali Farhadzadeh, Ph.D., also leads a study that is developing a basis for computer modeling to address Eastern Lake Erie erosion, sediment transport and depositions under a changing climate. That project, part of a $122K research suite funded by the Great Lakes Research Consortium, got underway in summer 2019. Credit: Stony Brook University.


Erosion and Recession of Coastal Bluffs: Characterizing erodability of bluff materials under various land- and sea-based conditions 

New York Sea Grant | PDF

Henry Bokuniewicz | PDF

Ali Farhadzadeh | PDF

Relevant Links

Bluff Erosion Survey - Long Island | Great Lakes

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