Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Keith Garmire (a research technician in the Coastal Processes Program) and I are "mowing the lawn" behind Rodanthe, a small village on the Outer Banks. Mowing the lawn on the water...no I haven't lost my mind. We are measuring the bathymetry (changes in depth) in our study area around the DoT emergency ferry channel. This is done in a grid pattern to get the best data coverage, similar to a pattern you would use when mowing the lawn. This very accurate bathymetric map will be used to help us understand sediment disturbance and transport in this area of Hatteras Flats. That information is critical when evaluating how and where to deposit material removed from the channel in future dredging projects.
This is all part of an interdisciplinary project funded by NCDoT to provide the science necessary to better manage the future of this important waterway.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Our new observing station enjoys a sunset over the sound. Here we are collecting standard meteorological data and hope to make estuary measurements (e.g., water levels) soon. Thanks to Keith Garmire for his hard work to make this happen. Data can be seen on Weatherunderground.com.