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Field Activity Details for field activity TM209AR

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AKA: none

Other ID: T-M2-09-AR

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Arctic bluff retreat (MU012)

Principal Investigator(s): Li Erikson, Curt Storlazzi

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Li Erikson

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Environmental Data: Current, Environmental Data: Wave, Imagery: Photo, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To obtain baseline measurements and support research contributing to the development of a predictive model of Arctic bluff retreat and inundation of barrier islands due to the a changing global climate on the North Slope of Alaska.


Start Port/Location: Barrow, Alaska

End Port/Location: Barrow, Alaska

Start Date: 2009-09-30

End Date: 2009-10-05

Equipment Used: RTK GPS, Nortek AWAC, camera, tripod

Information to be Derived: Beach Topography, bluff edge position, sediment grain size

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Recovery of bottom-mounted instruments from TM109AR, beach topography, and sediment sampling. Used bed sediment camera for sediment grain size measurements.

Staff: Li Erikson, Thomas Reiss, Curt Storlazzi

Affiliate Staff:
Robert Shears (Olgoonik Oil Corp.) - Vessel captain
Blair Patkotak

Notes: mooring AIN09F1T. Shop time includes the design and construction of bottom mounts specifically designed for the North Slope. Deployment of Trawl Resistant Bottom Mount deployed Aug. 10-25. Platforms used: Two vessels, ATVs, and by foot.

Staff information imported from InfoBank
Li Erikson
Curt Storlazzi
Tom Reiss
Robert Shears (Olgoonik Oil Corp.) - Vessel captain
Blair Patkotak



North: 70.67055 South: 70.63164 West: -160.055 East: -159.96637


photo of ATV
photo of Boat
photo of on foot
on foot


Erikson, L.H., Storlazzi, C.D., Collins, B.D., Hatcher, G.A., Reiss, T.E., and Engelstad, A.C., 2022, Hydrographic and sediment field data collected in the vicinity of Wainwright, Alaska, in 2009: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Elevation data (Beach and foreshore elevation data were collected in the vicinity of Wainwright, Alaska. The area from the mouth of the Kuk River to about 8 km to the northeast was measured in August 2009. The area from the mouth of the Kuk River to about 5 km to the northeast was measured in October 2009. The elevation data were collected with Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Positioning System (GPS) systems mounted on all-terrain vehicles. The GPS sampling rate was 1 Hz with vehicle speeds maintained at less than 15 km/hour, resulting in a sample point resolution of 3-5 m. Data are available in a single csv file.)
Nortek AWAC --- Wave
camera --- Photo
tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)

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