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Hurricane Irene monitoring

The Calm Before the Storm

Postdoctoral scholar Peter van Hengstum of the Coastal Systems Group prepares to deploy sediment traps in Oyster Pond near WHOI's Quissett Campus. A group of researchers and students, led by Jeff Donnelly, recently mobilized in advance of the approaching Hurricane Irene to install instruments and make measurements along the shoreline to monitor any changes caused by high winds and rough seas. The data should help researchers refine their understanding of the way in which large storms appear in such historical records as sediment cores. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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