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Duck research pier unveils the CLARIS

US: The US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility in Duck – colloquially known as the Duck Research Pier – unveiled the Coastal LIDAR and Radar Imaging System (CLARIS). It was developed by research oceanographer Dr. Kate Brodie in collaboration with the facility’s director, Dr. Jesse McNinch.
It has been designed to withstand rising water, high winds and other severe storm conditions using remote sensing technologies to measure “event scale coastal processes” – or storms – in real time.
While the radar gathers information about the storm processes underwater, including the speed that waves are coming ashore, wave periods, water depths and size and movement of sandbars, the LIDAR looks at the beach, focusing on the “swash zone” – where the waves are breaking on the shore – and generating high resolution maps of beach topography, tracking volume changes and movement of the sand.
Brodie explained that tracking, measuring and analysing how waves interact with sandbars and the coastline was significantly limited before the CLARIS. “You had the ‘before’ picture and the ‘after’ picture,” she said. “But we were in the dark as far as monitoring, measuring and analyzing the ‘event’ processes themselves – what actually occurred during a storm.” The answer was the CLARIS.
Brodie informed that a new project, Radar Inlet Observing System (RIOS), is being developed which will be placed in Oregon Inlet and report hourly real time measurements of the shoals and changes in their size and position. This will aid in navigation of the inlet. “The technology came straight out of the CLARIS.”
Source: The Outer Banks Sentinel