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Coastwatch Currents

Coastwatch Currents

July 23, 2014 | E-Ching Lee

* Updated July 24, 2014: Click on photos to download original jpg.

North Carolina Sea Grant had a good day at Carolina Beach deploying drifters in the surf to monitor and track rip currents. To read more about this work, go here.

We want to thank our partners for helping with this event.

Overall project partners:

Cooperating partners:

We’ll have more updates in a few days but we’ll leave you with some images from today. Credit for all images: Photo by Kurt Christiansen, courtesy North Carolina Sea Grant.

Spencer in waves with measuring tape.

Spencer Rogers, North Carolina Sea Grant coastal construction and erosion specialist, is leading the drifter deployments this summer. Photo by Kurt Christiansen, courtesy North Carolina Sea Grant.

Man on surfboard retrieving drifter in ocean.

Cobi Christiansen, UNCW graduate student, retrieves a drifter that had been ejected by a rip current on Carolina Beach. He is part of a North Carolina Sea Grant research team. Photo by Kurt Christiansen, courtesy North Carolina Sea Grant.

Brad walking on the shore with drifter on shoulder.

Brad Reinhart, meteorologist at National Weather Service in Wilmington, hauls a drifter back on shore. Photo by Kurt Christiansen, courtesy North Carolina Sea Grant.

Rob showing Jerome parts of the drifter.

Rob Brander, a coastal geomorphologist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, explains how the drifter works to Jerome Bailey, Jr., of the Associated Press. Photo by Kurt Christiansen, courtesy North Carolina Sea Grant

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