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This research is part of the project “Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments.” We aim to support regional sediment management in the Columbia River littoral cell by:

• monitoring and modeling shoreline change
• modeling fate of disposed dredged material
• bedform morphology

USGS PCMSC is working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Office of Naval Research, Oregon State University, the Washington Department of Ecology, and Deltaes to bring the best available scientific information on sediment management to decision makers.

USGS PCMSC has developed a state-of-the-art process-based numerical model of hydrodynamics and sediment transport for the lower Columbia River, Columbia River Estuary, and adjacent coast, and works closely with partners to develop, calibrate and verify the model.

Because of the expertise developed over the years, USGS is sought by others to perform field work and modeling in the Columbia River littoral cell.