USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2010-011-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Location: Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

Principal Investigator(s): John Warner

Affiliate Investigator(s): Kevin Haas, Georgia Institute of Technology; George Voulgaris, University of South Carolina; Jesse McNinch, Army Corps of Engineers; Jeff Book, Naval Research Laboratory

Information Specialist(s): Brandy Armstrong

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Single Beam, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Observe coastal change in the near shore area of Cape Hatteras.


Start Date: 2010-01-28

Start Port/Location: Buxton, NC

End Date: 2010-03-01

End Port/Location: Buxton, NC

Equipment Used: Digital video camera, Digital camera, Grab sampler, Current, Echosounder, Real Time Kinematic GPS, Mooring tripod, SCUBA, Temperature and salinity, Pressure

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Time series instrumentation was deployed at 14 sites in the nearshore area, a video camera was mounted on the lighthouse, a coastal radar was installed on the beach. Targets for aerial surveys were installed on the beach.

Staff: Brandy Armstrong, Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Casso, Jeffrey List, Marinna Martini, E. Robert Thieler, John Warner, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
Ray Townsend
Brian Scarborough
USCAE; B.J. Reynolds
Jordan Sanford
USGS-St. Petersburg; Nirnemesh Kumar
Jeff Morin
USC; Paul Gay
? Sapp
Stephanie Smalligan
? Yang
Georgia Tech; ? NRL

Notes: Amount of continuous data is a guess, Hypack position and bathymetry was recorded for some transects during the course of the experiment.
Project = Carolinas: Sediment Transport, Carolinas: Sediment Transport

Location Map:



Armstrong, B.N., Warner, J.C., List, J.H., Thieler, E.R., Martini, M.A., Voulgaris, G., McNinch, J., Book, J.W., Haas, K., and Montgomery, E., 2013, Carolinas Coastal Change Processes Project Data Report for nearshore observations at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, February, 2010: URL:

Kumar, N., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J.C., and List, J.H., 2012, Wind and Wave Driven Nearshore Circulation at Cape Hatteras Point [abs.]: , 2012 AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 3-7, 2012.

Safak, I., List, J., Warner, J., Physical and geological controls on long-term sediment transport patterns along a wave-energetic, non-interrupted coastline: Oregon Inlet to Cape Hatteras [abs.]: , AGU Ocean Science Meeting. Honolulu, HI, February 23-28, 2014.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Digital video camera --- Video
Digital camera --- Photo
Grab sampler --- Biology
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2010-011-FA-NL-001-01 ( Raw and Engineering records for moorings 864-880, Cape Hatteras 2009 and 2010.)
Echosounder --- Single Beam
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
SCUBA --- Biology
Temperature and salinity --- CTD
Pressure --- Mooring (physical oceanography)