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Wind-blown sediment traps

Blowing in the Wind

Brown University graduate student Jess Rodysill, guest student Lance Croft, and WHOI researcher Richard Sullivan (left to right) set up an aeolian (wind-blown) sediment trap this summer on Florida's Santa Rosa Island. The traps were constructed in Woods Hole in partnership with Cape Abilities and record changes in aeolian processes over time and with changes in wind speed and direction. The data will help scientists in WHOI's Coastal Systems Group and elsewhere model the formation and evolution of barrier islands in order to better predict the impacts of changes in such variables as sea level and storm frequency. (Photo by Trevor Harrison, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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