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Field Activity Details for field activity 2021-032-FA

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Other ID: none

Status: Pending

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

Funding Program(s): Next-Generation Total Water Level and Coastal Change Forecast (WH) (MN00U03)

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jennifer Brown (SPCMSC) Peter Traykovski (WHOI) Patrick Dickhudt (USACE) Katherine Anarde (NCSU) Ryan Mieras (UNCW) Laura Moore (UNC)

Information Specialist(s): Olivia De Meo, Steven Suttles

Data Type(s): Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: We propose to deploy a bottom landing frame in the nearshore off of Pea Island NWR to collect detailed waves and current data in conjunction with hydrodynamic measurements in a cross-shore array spanning the nearshore and beach/dune, topo-bathy survey data, throughout the storm and recovery period(s) during hurricane season. Observations from this site will provide insight into cross-shore storm processes and impacts, including wave transformation and shoreline water levels, rapid changes in coastal elevations, on/offshore sediment exchanges, and resulting habitat changes. These detailed measurements will provide a more complete understanding of storm impacts and recovery on natural beach/dune systems, which will allow us to validate and improve forecasts of water levels, coastal change, and habitat.


Start Port/Location: Beaufort, NC

End Port/Location: Beaufort, NC

Start Date: 2021-08-29

End Date: 2021-09-05

Equipment Used: shipek grab (WH), Other

Information to be Derived: Waves, currents, pressure, water level, meteorology, sediment grain size.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Alexander Olson, Robert Bales

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: R/V Shearwater for this work is out of the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, not a NOAA vessel.
Grab sampler used is a new Shipek owned by WHCMSC.
Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2021-028-FA.


Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hatteras Island, North Carolina, United States, Atlantic Ocean

North: 35.68086 South: 35.67481 West: -75.48928 East: -75.46864


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Achilles inflatable
photo of Shearwater (Duke University)
Shearwater (Duke University)


Bales, R.D., Over, J.R., Sherwood, C.R., Olson, A.J., Randall, N.R., and Suttles, S.E., 2024, Grain-size analysis data of sediment samples from the beach and nearshore environments at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge DUNEX site, North Carolina in 2021: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
shipek grab (WH) --- Geology
Other --- --- ---

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