How the Field[s] Meet

The Coastal Line

crossing the line

The Coastal line is a station dedicated to the study of coastal transformation from sea level rise.

In Jamaica Bay, in between the sub-aquatic zones and the maritime forest, there are buffer zones (tidal flat, low marsh, high marsh, transition slope, dune, upland perennial ground cover, upland shrub, grassland, and ridgeline) that protect the forest from saltwater. But now, due to sea level rise, fringe habitats, and the coastal lines are thinning. With the sea-level rise projection of the site, most of the maritime forest will be destroyed due to the shifting of the zones.

The transformation of the coast in Jamaica Bay is unavoidable and has been changing for centuries. The coastal lines are built perpendicular to coast to register the changing ecology from the sea level rise and thinning of the fringe habitats. Two lines that intersect in the maritime forest zone branch outwards to intersect with the varying zones, ultimately reaching the sub-aquatic zone.

The linear station has two levels, one for the public on the upper level, and the other for the scientists. The tower station not only holds the pathway but provides scientists access to the ground.

To study the changing coastal ecology, two linear stations are extended out from the forest to the bay. Tower stations are placed 40m apart to function as reference markers for the shifting tides.

The public walkway swerves around the linear path of the scientists to provide the public a view of the fieldwork in action. The long bar placed on the lower edge of the two lines anchors the station with lab and public programming facilities.
field condition
The coastal edge of Floyd Bennett Field is shifting inwards due to sea level rise. As a result, submarine, intertidal, and coastal fringe habitats move inwards, but at the same time destroys the inland vegetation from it.

[coast of floyd bennett field]
field intervention

To study the changing coastal ecology, two linear stations are extended from the maritime forest to the subaquatic zone. Coastal ecology is difficult to calibrate due to the constantly changing tidal shift.

[coastal monitor installation]

field transformation
The towers along the linear walk way placed 40m apart not only structurally support the walkway but also function as markers of the tidal shift.

[ecological proxy]