For over 30 years, the DAMOS Program has collected and evaluated data on dredged material placement throughout New England. INSPIRE scientists have participated in DAMOS since 1980, conducting assessments that have resulted in the development of nationally recognized monitoring and management programs for aquatic dredged material disposal. Their work has led to key advances in effective resource management techniques for dredged material disposal, including capping, confined aquatic disposal, use of sediment profile imaging, tiered monitoring strategies, and integrating results from precision acoustic surveys with traditional sediment sampling and optical survey techniques.
During support of the DAMOS Program, INSPIRE scientists have contributed to over 150 technical reports that establish a scientific record of monitoring results used throughout the world.
INSPIRE scientists are recognized experts on assessment of effects of dredged material placement in coastal waters, and specialize in dredged material management, integrating the experiences and components of CoastalVision, and Germano & Associates. An example of a unique presentation of results can be viewed in the Central Long Island Sound Disposal Site monitoring survey. In this integrated approach, the combination of high resolution acoustic surveys (bathymetry and backscatter) and sediment profile imaging provides a clear representation of the condition of recently placed dredged material.