SandyDuck '97 Media Tip Sheet

In addition to the actual SandyDuck experiment, there will be numerous other media opportunities available at the Field Research Facility for special interest or technical features.

International coastal experts - Some of the world's leading coastal scientists and engineers will be at SandyDuck. They can address a variety of coastal issues such as beach erosion, economic value of beaches, sea level rising, coastal research efforts, etc.

SHOALS - the Scanning Hydrographic Operational Lidar Survey (SHOALS) System will be on-site. This rapid, helicopter mounted, laser pulsed survey system has revolutionized beach and nearshore surveying.

CRAB - the Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy (CRAB) is a large, tricycle research vehicle that supports coastal research efforts. It can be driven out to depths of 30 feet and is the only such vehicle in the United States.

Research Pier - the 1,840-foot-long, 15-foot-wide reinforced concrete research pier can withstand severe storms. It provides a platform that extends from the dune line to the 25-foot water depth that can be used for a variety of sensors and instruments.

SIS - the Sensor Insertion System (SIS) is a custom-designed crane system that runs on rails on the Facility's pier. SIS allows precise instrumentation and sensor placement in wave heights up to 17 feet.

Sophisticated Instruments and Innovative Sensor Systems - there is a wide variety of scientific sensors that are being used, including acoustic probes, side-scan sonars, current meters, radar systems, etc. Examples of underwater instrument frames will be on shore. Also, instrument sleds will be towed periodically into the ocean by the CRAB and other research craft.

Instrumented Jet Ski - the world's most instrumented jet ski will be used as a mobile, scientific beach surveying platform.

Computer Visualizations - 12 trailers on-site house many of the research teams' computer equipment that log input from the sensor systems. The data is often displayed in colorful screen images that can be described by the researchers.

Observation Tower - the 140-foot-tall tower makes an excellent observation or photographic platform from which to view the experiment activity. We can also supply time lapse video shot from the tower that shows beach changes during the experiment.

GPS Equipped Beach Survey Vehicles - GPS (Global Positioning System) equipped all-terrain vehicles will be conducting daily surveys over several kilometers of beach to examine patterns of beach change.

Diving Operations - weather permitting, divers will be deploying from inflatable boats launched at the beach by all-terrain forklifts or from the LARC amphibious vehicle to service instruments, collect samples and conduct other experiment operations.

(29 August 1997)

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