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Labor Day: Beaches ready to roll after Hurricane Irene?

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, The Washington Post reports that nearly 95 percent of lodgings and beaches on Cape Cod are open. Rhode Island’s beaches are open again as well, and even down south a bit in North … Continue reading

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ASBPA says beaches are economic wavemakers

The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) recently released a pair of articles on the economic case for beach management and nourishment programs.  While difficult even for experienced economists to quantify due to their distributed and inherently intertwined nature, … Continue reading

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What you’ll see in a salt marsh

by Kristine Bunker (MIT, 2014) Heading out to the beach this weekend?  We previously put out a list of beaches in Massachusetts with good access to coastal hiking.  Whether you’re heading to one of those beaches or plan on taking … Continue reading

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What you’ll see in the dunes

by Kristine Bunker (MIT, 2014) Heading out to the beach for the holiday weekend?  Two weeks ago, we put out a list of beaches in Massachusetts with good access to coastal hiking.  Whether you’re heading to one of those beaches … Continue reading

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Real-time data in many ports and harbors is available to the public

NOAA PORTS – Data in ports and harbors available to the public: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/ports.html People may not be aware of the data available in many ports and harbors throughout the US.  Every 6 minutes, the public can access up-to-date information related … Continue reading

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Bio-engineered solution for coastal erosion protection, pt.9

Woods Hole Group’s biodegradable erosion control project at Bayswater Seaside in New Seabury, MA is now complete.  We are very pleased with the construction and the final results.  Woods Hole Group will continue to monitor the performance of the installation, … Continue reading

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Bio-engineered solution for coastal erosion protection, pt.8

Update from Woods Hole Group’s bio-engineered erosion control project at Bayswater Seaside in New Seabury, MA:  these photos depict the final anchoring of the fiber rolls at the top of the bank last week.  The project was completed shortly after … Continue reading

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Bio-engineered solution for coastal erosion protection, pt.7

Update from Woods Hole Group’s bio-engineered erosion control project at Bayswater Seaside in New Seabury, MA:  the final sand envelope lift has been installed, and we are awaiting delivery of the anchors before the fiber rolls can be placed at … Continue reading

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Shifting sands threaten Rhode Island beaches (The Providence Journal)

Coastal erosion is a natural process.  Beaches typically erode in response to high energy winter waves, and then build up (accrete) again with the lapping summer waves.  In unaltered conditions, longshore transport also carries sand from sources to sinks within … Continue reading

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CZM Announces Shoreline Change Project Update

In a recent newsletter, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) announced that it had secured funding to update its Shoreline Change Project.  The Shoreline Change Project documents and makes available online historical (back to the mid-1800s) delineations of … Continue reading

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