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.
As part of this project, team members compiled these observed ice data statistics from US Coast Guard daily ice reports along the Hudson River during the ice season (December-March) from 2005-2012. This dataset also includes graphical overviews of the data and photographs of the region taken during US Coast Guard-commissioned flights. Metadata and GIS shapefile data is available through New York State's GIS Clearinghouse.