Cape Cod National Seashore to Present - The Technologies of Tracking Coastal Change

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Date: October 7, 2014
Contact: Sue Haley, 508-255-3421

Henry Marindin, US Coastal Surveyor, brought his wife and several assistants by train to the Pamet River Station in Truro Center in 1889. They camped in surplus Civil War tents and surveyed the Cape Cod coast with tripods, levels, and, using boats and lead lines, measured depths. Today, using GPS receivers, aerial laser "LIDAR" measurements, and multi-spectral satellite images, the national seashore has been building upon Marindin's work.A one-hour presentation on historic and new and emerging technologies for tracking coastal change will be on October 14 at 6:30 PM at Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham.

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. 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.

The program is part of the national seashore's fall symposium, a five-week series on Tuesday nights to share with the public the national seashore's diverse resources and programs, ranging from animal migration and salt marsh restoration, to fire management and the upcoming National Park Service Centennial in 2016. All programs are free and wheelchair-accessible.

The series will culminate on October 28 with a presentation by Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent, George Price, State of the Seashore: Successes and Challenges of 2014, and a Look Ahead to 2015 and the National Park Centennial in 2016.



Last updated: February 26, 2015

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