USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2020-021-FA

View new CMGDS report form

Other ID: none

Status: Pending

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

Funding Program(s): Coastal Model Applications and Field Measurements (LQ00DYN)

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Investigator(s): Peter Traykovski (WHOI) Greg Skomal (MA-Division of Marine Fisheries) Bryan Legare (Center for Coastal Studies)

Information Specialist(s): Steven Suttles

Data Type(s): Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The objective of this study is to characterize the beach and nearshore morphology and evaluate the USGS Total Water Level and Coastal Change forecasts at sites within Cape Cod National Seashore. One site (Head of the Meadow beach) is the location of ongoing research by collaborators at the Center for Coastal Studies and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. The purpose of deploying a CoastCam camera station is to visualize and map the beach and nearshore region to determine the types of bar morphologies, their persistence and temporal variability (i.e. changes due to tides, waves, storm events, recovery, and seasonal changes), and the relationship of these changes to wave and water-level conditions. The CoastCam observations will be made in summer and early fall and are intended overlap with acoustic tracking of tagged sharks at a nearshore array and nearshore measurements of waves, water levels, and currents. Combined, the information may provide insight into the relationship, if any, between shark behavior and nearshore morphology. At a second site in Eastham, late fall through spring observations will be used primarily to assess the forecast skill of the total water level and coastal change forecasts. In addition to providing imagery for scientific use, the CoastCam systems will serve as public web cameras. Meteorlogical measurements will be made at the CoastCam location to supplement data on nearshore circulation processes, especially during the summer-early fall deployments that overlap with the shark behavior research.


Start Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

End Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

Start Date: 2020-09-01

End Date: 2020-09-08

Equipment Used: Sensors - other mooring

Information to be Derived: Meteorologic time-series data. Wind speed & direction, atmospheric pressure, air temperature, Relative humidity, and precipitation

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Eric Marsjanik, Steven Suttles

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: The purpose of this trip is to deploy the meteorological station at the Head of Meadow beach in Truro, MA.

Met station deployment is mooring# is 1125.

Two field day were Sept 1 for deployment and Sept 8, 2020 for follow-up to try to resolve issue with real-time data transmission.


Cape Cod National Seashore, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States

North: 42.13 South: 41.78 West: -70.1 East: -69.91


photo of on foot
on foot



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sensors - other mooring --- CTD
Mooring (physical oceanography)

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Questions or Comments? Contact CMGDS Team