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Measuring beach profiles along a low-wave energy microtidal coast, west-central Florida, USA

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doi: 10.3390/geosciences6040044
Authors:Cheng, Jun; Wang, Ping; Guo, Qiandong
Author Affiliations:Primary:
University of South Florida, School of Geosciences, Tampa, FL, United States
Volume Title:Geosciences (Basel)
Source:Geosciences (Basel), Vol.6, 12p. Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI), Basel, Switzerland. ISSN: 2076-3263
Publication Date:2016
Note:In English. 34 refs.; illus., incl. sketch maps
Summary:Monitoring storm-induced dramatic beach morphology changes and long-term beach evolution provides crucial data for coastal management. Beach-profile measurement using total station has been conducted along the coast of west-central Florida over the last decade. This paper reviews several case studies of beach morphology changes based on total-station survey along this coast. The advantage of flexible and low-cost total-station surveys is discussed in comparison to LIDAR (light detection and ranging) method. In an attempt to introduce total-station survey from a practical prospective, measurement of cross-shore beach profile in various scenarios are discussed, including: (1) establishing a beach profile line with known instrument and benchmark locations; (2) surveying multiple beach profiles with one instrument setup; (3) implementation of coordinate rotation to convert local system to real-earth system. Total-station survey is a highly effective and accurate method in documenting beach profile changes along low-energy coasts.
Subjects:Beach profiles; Beaches; Coastal environment; Erosion; Global navigation satellite systems; Global Positioning System; Landform evolution; Laser methods; Lidar methods; Littoral erosion; Low-energy environment; Monitoring; Morphology; Ocean circulation; Surveys; Tides; Florida; United States; West-Central Florida
Coordinates:N243000 N310000 W0800000 W0873000
Record ID:801895-22
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