Battered by tides, ice, storms, and human activity, nearly half of New York state's Hudson River shoreline has been “armored up ” by structures such as steel bulkheads or rock revetments. While these structures can protect vulnerable infrastructure in high-energy situations, they also disrupt surrounding habitats. In response, the Hudson River Reserve launched the Sustainable Shorelines project, a long-term, collaborative initiative that is advancing understanding of the engineering, economic, and ecological tradeoffs of using different shoreline management options today—and as the climate shifts and sea levels rise—for generations to come.
Team members from the Stevens Institute of Technology compiled simulated riverside water circulation statistics from a high-resolution numerical model of circulation in the Hudson River as part of this project, using data from 2010. These data can be used to understand the energy regimes impacting shorelines and to help identify suitable shoreline stabilization alternatives for sites along the Hudson River. Metadata and GIS shapefile data is available through New York State's GIS Clearinghouse.