Beach Profiles Information

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Beach Profile Fieldwork
Use even intervals along the coast (2m)
Measure the different types of vegetation / beach material depending on where you
are measuring
Place a quadrant that has 100 squares within in. This will represent 1% of the
vegetation type
Record a percentage of how much of each vegetation is in each part
These can indicate the different terrains
Clinometer measurements
Measure an elevation on a beach
Shows how much sediment has been removed from the beach
Measures an angle
Can measure a slope
Placed into the sand and a pole with a focus point is placed about 2 meters away
The angle shown and the distance away can determine the slope of the beach
Groyne measurements
Stand on a groyne and measuring the amount of sand on either side of it
It should show that the groyne is holding the sediment that would be used in the
process of long shore drift
Measure with a metre stick from the top of the groyne to the top of the sand or
pebbles that are on the beach
Record the results on different groynes that are placed down the coast
Measure at 2m intervals along the groyne
Orange experiment
Throw an orange into the sea
Record how far the orange travels in a certain amount of time
Record what direction it is travelling which shows the direction of LSD
Beach fieldwork techniques

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Clear sketches
Use good equipment such as tape measures, compass, recording sheet
Analysing the beach with things such as sea defences and how good they
Preparation and Basic Supplies
A simple checklist for fieldworkers might include the following items.
The list will vary according to the project:
1. Notebooks, pens, and pencils
2. Camera, film, or digital medium, and accessories as needed, such as an
assortment of lenses, a flash, lighting equipment, and a tripod
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