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Cape Cod National Seashore Beyond the Beach Series Continues with The Technologies of Tracking Coastal Change at Cape Cod National Seashore on October 15

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Date: September 30, 2013
Contact: Sue Haley, South District Interpreter, 508-255-3421

The next program in the six-week series Beyond the Beach presented by Cape Cod National Seashore will take place on October 15 at 6:30 PM at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

In 1889, Henry Marindin, US Coastal Surveyor, brought his wife and several assistants by train to the Pamet River Station in Truro Center. They camped in surplus Civil War tents and surveyed the Cape Cod coast with tripods, levels, and -- by boat – measured depths with lead lines. Today, using GPS receivers, aerial laser "LIDAR" measurements, and multi-spectral satellite images, the national seashore has been repeating, and in some ways, improving upon Marindin's work.

With the power of this new technology and the 120-year record of change, we can see trends and predict changing coastal processes that accelerate with altered storm frequencies, sea levels, and climate change. Mark Adams, Cape Cod National Seashore GIS Coordinator, will present this story and explore how the data collection and analysis provides the tools that help us face the changes and live successfully and sustainably in the future along this dynamic coast.

Beyond the Beach is a six-week series of presentations focused on the national seashore's diverse resources and programs, ranging from animal migrations and climate change impacts to historic and pre-historic resources, to technology associated with tracking coastal change and seismic research and education. All programs are free and wheelchair-accessible. The series will culminate on November 5 with a presentation by Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent, George Price withState of the Seashore: Successes and Challenges of 2013, and a Look Ahead to 2014.

If You Go: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham. For more information, call (508) 255-3421 or visit www.nps.gov/caco.

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