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A nearshore processes field experiment at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S.A.

January 1, 2011
A month-long field experiment focused on the nearshore hydrodynamics of Diamond Shoals adjacent to Cape Hatteras Point, North Carolina, was conducted in February 2010. The objectives of this multi-institutional experiment were to test hypotheses related to Diamond Shoals as a sink in the regional sediment budget and to provide data for evaluating numerical models. The experiment included in-situ instrumentation for measuring waves and currents; a video camera system for measuring surface currents at a nearshore transect; a radar system for measuring regional surface currents over Diamond Shoals and the adjacent coast; a vehicle-based scanning lidar and radar system for mapping beach topography, nearshore wave breaking intensity, bathymetry (through wave celerity inversion), and wave direction; and an amphibious vehicle system for surveying single-beam bathymetry. Preliminary results from wave and current measurements suggest that shoal-building processes were active during the experiment.
Publication Year 2011
Title A nearshore processes field experiment at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, U.S.A.
DOI 10.1142/9789814355537_0161
Authors Jeffrey H. List, John C. Warner, E. Robert Thieler, Kevin Haas, George Voulgaris, Jesse E. McNinch, Katherine L. Brodie
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70190321
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center