USGS staff participating in DUNEX VIP Day at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility

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Jenna Brown and Chris Sherwood of USGS attend a VIP Event to discuss the USGS component of the DUNEX project, a multi-agency study of storm processes in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Dorian NOAA imagery pairs: Location 5

An area of previous overwash in Core Banks was completely eroded during Hurricane Dorian. The beach likely experienced erosion and overwash during the approach of Dorian, and then a large storm surge from the sound side after Dorian’s eye passed over. The pattern of wave breaking on the ocean side of the new inlet indicates sand was transported seaward by the surge. The probability of inundation for this location was 60%. (Public domain.)

The U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is hosting a VIP Day on September 9 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Field Research Facility (FRF) in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The event will showcase the efforts being conducted by the During Nearshore Event Experiment (DUNEX) project to prominent individuals such as congressional staffers, members of the press, academic partners, and state, local, and federal leaders. The DUNEX project is a collaborative project involving multiple federal agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations to better understand coastal processes and effects of storms on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

USGS is a major partner in the DUNEX effort. Jenna Brown and Chris Sherwood are both currently leading research teams at the FRF, will attend the VIP Day to present information about the USGS research component of DUNEX, including the use of remote sensing techniques to produce highly accurate topographic maps of the coastal region, quantification of landscape change, observations of overwash processes, and the use of water level sensors and cameras to detect overwash at sites of interest. USGS research will provide insight into cross-shore storm processes and impacts, increase understanding of influence of nearshore morphology on storm forcings, and validate and improve models and forecasts of water levels, coastal change, and coastal habitats.

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