Adventures of An Aspiring Coastal Geomorphologist

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!

Nearshore Bathymetric Surveying

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As a joint collaboration between Oregon State University, the US Geological Survey, and the Washington Department of Ecology there has been a long-standing field research program in northern Oregon/southern Washington in order to understand inter-annual morphologic variability throughout the Columbia River Littoral Cell. As part of this program bathymetric surveys are completed each year of the surf zone and shoreface using personal watercraft outfitted with real-time kinematic GPS and single-beam echosounders. Heres a pic of the Oregon State University and US Geological Survey field crew during Summer 2014 getting ready…read more

Lane County

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As part of an effort funded by the Northwest Associated of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), our lab group has been using our Coastal Profiling System to collect high resolution nearshore bathymetry for the whole Oregon coast over the last few years. This summer we spent 3 days working in Lane County, Oregon. This is a picture looking down on Baker Beach from up on the headland. There are some incredible aeolian bedforms on the beach! Two of my partners in crime near the Heceta Head Lighthouse!

AWAC Deployment

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In July 2014 I (with the help of many others) deployed a mooring in Newport, Oregon from the R/V Elakha in order to measure in-situ hydrodynamics on the shoreface offshore of South Beach State Park. This was part of a study investigating onshore sediment transport processes and mechanisms of sandbar welding to the coast. Many thanks to NortekUSA for loaning a 1 MHz Acoustic Wave and Current Profiler (AWAC) as part of their graduate student equipment grant!