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.
Roadside Geology of Massachusetts, James W. Skehan
Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket: The Geologic Story, Robert N. Oldale
Waves and Beaches, 1st revised edition, Willard Bascom
The Beaches Are Moving: The Drowning of America's Shoreline, Wallace Kaufman and Orrin H. Pilkey
How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and
Sand (Jump Into Science), Ellen J. Prager, Nancy Woodman, for ages 4-8
Sorting Sieves: can be purchased for $25 from
Woods Hole Sea Grant 193 Oyster Pond Road, MS#2, Woods Hole, MA 02543 (508) 289-2665 firstname.lastname@example.org