June 2004 Teacher Workshop
"Monitoring Beach and Dune Dynamics"
James F. O’Connell, Coastal Processes Specialist for the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program and the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, was the workshop presenter. He spoke in the morning about the conditions and processes shaping Cape Cod coastal landforms both historically and currently through ongoing climate, weather, and ocean forces. In the afternoon he took the teacher group out to a local beach, and taught them the “Emory Rod” and “O’Emory Rod” beach profiling methods he uses to measure and monitor positions and heights of beaches, coastal dunes, and other landforms.In addition, Valerie Bell, science teacher at the Nauset Regional High School on Cape Cod, talked to the group about using this method with her classes, and included “tips for teachers” on how to ensure good results.
Resources for "Monitoring Beach and Dune Dynamics"
James F. O’Connell, Coastal Processes Specialist,
Woods Hole Sea Grant Program and the Cape Cod Cooperative
Roadside Geology of Massachusetts, James W.
379 pages; Mountain Press Publishing Company (March 2001)
Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: The
Geologic Story, Robert N. Oldale
224 pages ; On Cape Publications (July 2001), ISBN: 096532835X
Waves and Beaches, 1st revised edition, Willard
366 pages; Anchor Publishing, (December 1979)
The Beaches Are Moving: The Drowning of America's
Shoreline, Wallace Kaufman and Orrin H. Pilkey
335 pages; Duke University Press; (Reprint edition December 1983)
How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes,
Barking Sands, and
Rippled Runnels, Orrin H. Pilkey, Tracy Monegan Rice, and William J. Neal
256 pages; University of North Carolina Press (March 2004)
Sand (Jump Into Science), Ellen J. Prager, Nancy
Woodman, for ages 4-8
29 pages; Publisher: National Geographic Society (March 2000)
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