Adventures of An Aspiring Coastal Geomorphologist

North Carolina Scope Out Survey

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As part of a NOAA funded project investigating the influence of different dune grasses on dune morphology and resulting susceptibility to sea level rise, we recently visited Cape Lookout National Seashore and Bogue Banks to do baseline topographic and vegetation surveys. Always fun working in a new location!  

Latest Addition to the Team

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As part of a storm impacts on Netarts Spit we recently acquired a Kawasaki Mule! Very convenient for getting out of the cold rain!  

Namibia Coast!

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We also spent a few days out at the Namibian coast. The dunes just south of Walvis Bay are huge – there is sand literally everywhere! We had a fun 4×4 trip through the dunes to Sandwich Harbor. Although that journey started foggy we were lucky that it turned into a beautiful day once we got to the Harbor. We also went kayaking with ~40,000 seals in Walvis Bay. Check out a few pics:

Namibia Desert!

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I just got back from a trip to Namibia with Benvy. We spent two nights out in the Namib Desert in the Namib-Naukluft National Park. The dunes there can be up to ~200 m high and are absolutely spectacular. We climbed a few of these red dunes and when we were leaving the park we saw a cheetah too! Here are some pics:    

South Beach – February Survey

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Another beautiful day at the coast!

Netarts Scopeout Survey

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We were recently funded on a project to investigate storm impacts and the role of sea level anomalies on coastal erosion to the Netarts Littoral Cell, along the central Oregon coast! This winter has been characterized by anomalous weather in general – likely in part due to the ongoing El Nino conditions. One ramification of these weather patterns are sea levels that statistically higher than they normally are. When sea level anamolies such as these persist it allows wave energy to reach higher up on the beach face thereby increasing the…read more

South Beach – January Survey

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Katy and I went out yesterday (21 January 2015) and did an RTK GPS survey of South Beach State Park in Newport, OR. Amazingly it was a beautiful sunny January day down at coast! There have been a couple of big storms this year and that has led to:  A very flat, featureless intertidal beach profile A lot of aeolian sediment transport supplying sand to the dunes The following are some pictures of sediment deposition on or behind the dune. In certain locations deposition since the last survey exceeded ~20…read more

South Beach – November Survey

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The day started off nicely (overcast but warm) at South Beach, but quickly turned into rain and fog. With the change in weather also brought quite a bit of wind which was cool because it caused a highway of sediment to start flowing over the jetty into the Yaquina River Inlet:   This is actually one of the main reasons that we are working at South Beach because the Army Corps of Engineers in particularly interested in the sediment pathways that are causing infilling of the inlet. Clearly the contributions…read more

Aeolian Bedforms

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Had to run down to the coast to pick up some seawater for calibrating some sensors back in Corvallis. There were some pretty incredible aeolian bedforms right by the jetty. Some other pictures from that day as well:  

Successful Day On the Boats!

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Epic shot taken at the end of surveying up at Ocean Shores, WA  taken in August 2014!