SCoRR: Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response Strategy

  About USGS /  Science Topics /  Maps, Products & Publications /  Partnerships /  Education /  Newsroom /  Jobs

USGS’ Strategy to Evaluate Persistent Contaminant Hazards Resulting from Sea Level Rise and Storm-derived Disturbances

The SCoRR Mapping Application was developed to allow users to visualize and view information generated during this study. Additional datasets including Census data, the National Land Cover Database, and National Hydrography data are also provided for users to generate custom maps.

Natural and anthropogenic contaminants, pathogens, and viruses are found in soils and sediments throughout the United States. Enhanced dispersion and concentration of these environmental health (EH) stressors in coastal regions can result from sea level rise and storm-derived disturbances. The combination of existing environmental health stressors and those mobilized by natural or anthropogenic disasters could adversely impact the health and resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems.

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) response to Hurricane Sandy, a Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response (SCoRR) strategy has been developed to define baseline and post-event sediment-bound environmental health stressors. This strategy will be demonstrated as a pilot study in the northeastern U.S. The SCoRR strategy utilizes a tiered, multi-metric approach to:

  1. Identify and map contaminant sources and potential exposure pathways for human and ecological receptors,
  2. Define the baseline mixtures of EH stressors present in sediments (Resilience Mode),
  3. Document post-event changes in EH stressors present in sediments (Response Mode), and
  4. Establish and apply metrics to quantify changes in coastal resilience associated with sediment-bound contaminants.

Integration of this information provides a means to more fully assess the baseline status of a complex system and more adequately assess the importance of changes in contaminant hazards due to storm-induced disturbances.

Conceptual design of the Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response (SCoRR) strategy

Figure 1: Conceptual design of the Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response (SCoRR) strategy

Science Team

Timothy Reilly
Timothy Reilly
Team Lead
William Benzel
William Benzel
Inorganic Geochemistry
Shawn Fisher
Shawn Fisher
Network Coordinator
Dale Griffin
Dale Griffin
Pathogens
Luke Iwanowicz
Luke Iwanowicz
Biological Assays
Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones
Geospatial and data delivery
Keith Loftin
Keith Loftin
Organic Geochemistry

Partnerships

Information about USGS activities related to Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response

Other Internet Resources

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://staging-health.usgs.gov/preview/scorr
Page Contact Information:
Page Last Modified: