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West-Central Florida Coastal Studies Project

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Methods and Tools

field work

Researchers prepare scientific equipment for deployment. In this photo, scientists are setting up an equipment package to monitor currents within the water column.

R/V G.K. Gilbert

The R/V G.K. Gilbert is one of many vessels used for field research. This research vessel was specially designed for use on shallow coasts such as this study area.


vibracoring

In this environment, most samples are taken through a method known as "vibracoring". The samples are then taken back to a lab, where they are split and examined. Core samples are used to interpret the geologic history of an area through an understanding of the stratigraphy underlying the surface.

scientific instrumentation

The orange cylindrical instrument extending from the bottom of this buoy is an acoustic doppler current profiler (ADCP). The buoy floats on the sea surface and records a profile of current speeds and directions at all depths.


satellite image

Satellite imagery is used to study circulation patterns within the Gulf of Mexico. This image shows a coastal upwelling event, where cold water is driven from deep waters to the near-shore surface.


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