Disposal Area Monitoring System (DAMOS)

Disposal Area Monitoring System (DAMOS)

project description

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, at the bottom of the page. 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.

PROBLEMEnvironmental impact of dredged material placed on the seafloor.

APPROACHThe application of sediment profile imaging and precision acoustic surveys to assess environmental impact and support management of dredged material placement.

Developed internationally recognized monitoring programs to effectively assess and manage both confined and unconfined dredged material disposal that have served as models for other disposal site management programs, both domestically and internationally.


Assessment aspects of project:
  • Ecological Assessment
  • Dredged Material Mapping
  • Integration of High-Resolution Acoustic and Optical Mapping Techniques
  • Multi-Year Survey
Sediment Profile Imaging Camera
Sediment Profile Imaging Camera


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selected site reports

Monitoring Survey at the Rhode Island Sound Disposal Site
Monitoring Survey at the Central Long Island Sound Disposal Site
Monitoring Surveys at the Historical Brenton Reef Disposal Site