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