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 lots of colorful bags and equipment on the beach as two men look on
September 30, 2021

Planning the ASV Route bathymetry

To survey the bathymetry off of the Pea Island DUNEX site WHOI investigator Peter Traykovski, and USGS investigator, Chris Sherwood, prepare to launch the ASV into the water to measure the bathymetry of the Pea Island DUNEX site.

Photo looks down on a sandy beach with signs on the beach and grassy dunes and the open ocean in the background.
September 29, 2021

Video camera snapshot at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Two video cameras are temporarily mounted on a dune at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The cameras are imaging the southern DUNEX experiment site and are designed to have a stereo view of the beach and potential overwash path until late October. Instruments from the U.S. Geological Survey and collaborators are visible in the images

Two high-resolution, digital cameras are mounted on towers overlooking the beach and dunes
September 18, 2021

Two CoastCams installed in the Outer Banks for DUNEX project

Two high-resolution, digital cameras were mounted on towers overlooking the beach, dunes, and instrument arrays in the Outer Banks of North Carolina on September 18, 2021, as part of the DUring Nearshore

Photo of a beach from a dune with people and equipment along a line in the middle
September 17, 2021

Looking out at the Pea Island Experiment Cross-shore array

Researchers from the USGS and North Carolina Universites set up their equipment on installed poles stretching from the dune to the surf zone.

Two boats and multiple people on a calm ocean with a clear blue sky
September 14, 2021

USGS personnel and contracted divers work together to install instrume

To install instruments offshore professional divers were hired to work alongside USGS personnel. Here, long segments of pipe are jetted into the seafloor to which instruments will be attached to measure offshore oceanographic conditions.

A woman sitting cross legged on top of a ladder writing in a notebook next to long skinny equipment
September 11, 2021

USGS researcher uses RTk equipment to locate installed instruments

USGS researcher Jenna Brown takes a measurement with a real time kinematic GPS receiver, this will give her an accurate position and height of the aluminum pole beneath it, which will have mutliple instruments attached to it to measure water flow and elevation changes.

Aerial view of a sandy beach and dune. A scientists holds a post near a black and white marker on the ground.
September 10, 2021

DUNEX beach profile survey

Overhead image collected by a helikite of field work being conducted in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. An alternative to uncrewed aerial systems (UAS; commonly known as 'drones'), USGS scientists use helikites equipped with cameras to collect imagery of the coastline. The pictures collected by these helium-powered kite-balloons are used to create a digital elevation

A camera points down at a sandy coastline lined with vegetated dunes and a pier. Residential area seen in the distance.
September 10, 2021

Coast Cam at the USACE Field Research Facility

USGS scientists mounted this high-resolution digital camera on an observation tower in the dune at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The camera overlooks the beach, dune, and an instrument array, and collects images throughout calm and storm conditions. 

Images will be used to measure wave runup at the

Wide view of a beach, waves, and a pier. Several metal poles stick out of the sand on the beach.
September 10, 2021

DUNEX instruments and FRF pier

Metal poles and equipment will installed on the beach and in the surf zone near the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility pier near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The poles extend about 5 feet above the ground or seabed, to support instruments that continuously measure wave heights, water levels, and currents using acoustics. 

These instruments are part of

A white balloon-shaped kite being held in the air
September 10, 2021

A helikite used to collect imagery of the coastline

An alternative to uncrewed aerial systems (UAS; commonly known as 'drones'), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists use helikites equipped with cameras to collect imagery of the coastline. The pictures collected by these helium-powered kite-balloons are used to create a 3D digital elevation map of the beach. Here, a USGS researcher prepares to tow a helikite on a beach