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Beach morphology monitoring in the Columbia River Littoral Cell: 1997-2005

Data Series 260

Prepared in Cooperation with the Washington State Department of Ecology
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Abstract

This report describes methods used, data collected, and results of the Beach Morphology Monitoring Program in the Columbia River Littoral Cell (CRLC) from 1997 to 2005. A collaborative group primarily consisting of the US Geological Survey and the Washington State Department of Ecology performed this work. Beach Monitoring efforts consisted of collecting topographic and bathymetric horizontal and vertical position data using a Real Time Kinematic Differential Global Positioning System (RTK-DGPS). Sediment size distribution data was also collected as part of this effort. The monitoring program was designed to: 1) quantify the short- to medium-term (seasonal to interannual) beach change rates and morphological variability along the CRLC and assess the processes responsible for these changes; 2) collect beach state data (i.e., grain size, beach slope, and dune/sandbar height/position) to enhance the conceptual understanding of CRLC functioning and refine predictions of future coastal change and hazards; 3) compare and contrast the scales of environmental forcing and beach morphodynamics in the CRLC to other coastlines of the world; and 4) provide beach change data in a useful format to land use managers.

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Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Beach morphology monitoring in the Columbia River Littoral Cell: 1997-2005
Series title:
Data Series
Series number:
260
Edition:
Version 1.0
Year Published:
2007
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Western Coastal and Marine Geology
Description:
Report: 88 p.; Metadata; Data Files
Time Range Start:
1997-01-01
Time Range End:
2005-12-31
Country:
United States
State:
Oregon;Washington
Other Geospatial:
Columbia River Littoral Cell
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
Y