USACE Field Research Facility
Field Research Facility
Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory
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Welcome to the Field Research Facility. Located on the Atlantic Ocean near the town of Duck, North Carolina (...2MB pdf map), the FRF is an internationally-recognized coastal observatory. Instruments at the facility constantly record the changing waves, winds, tides, and currents. Central to the facility is a 1840 foot long pier and specialized vehicles. The FRF was established in 1977 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is part of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (headquarters in Vicksburg, MS). (More hirez pic...)

Ongoing Projects & Experiments
CSA Currituck Sound array observing platform...
  • RIOS Radar Inlet Observing System...
  • WIS National Wave Hindcasts...
  • Bethany Beach, DE wave studies...
  • Ocean City, MD wave studies...
  • New River Inlet Radar wave studies...
  • PILOT/SWIMS typhoon/hurricane studies...
  • Past projects ...
  • Field Research Facility
    Feb 24, 2017 1035 EST
    All Times are Eastern Standard Time
    Air Temp 18°C    65°F
    Winds 2.7 kts from ESE
    1 m/s from 111 ° True N
    Waves 2mi offshore 1.2 m (3.8 ft) 11.1 s
    88 ° from True North
    Water Temp Pier End 9°C    48°F
    5:42am(H) 12:00pm(L) 5:54pm(H)
    *** HAZARD WARNING ***
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    Video Imaging : 24 Feb at 1000 EST

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    Camera1(N) Camera2(NNE) Camera3(NE) Camera4(E) Camera5(SSE) Camera6(S)

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