Insights from Beach Profile Monitoring

Insights from Beach Profile Monitoring: The State of Maine’s Beaches in 2015 and the National Weather Service Wave Run-Up Model

This session will summarize results of beach profile monitoring and review erosion trends on Maine beaches. The MGS presentation will highlight findings of the 2015 State of Maine’s Beaches report and examine the influence of the 2009-2010 higher sea levels on beaches in recent years. Field work by volunteers will be graphically displayed and synthesized with additional monitoring of shoreline change conducted by the MGS. Wave run-up and beach erosion from storms will be presented by the NWS for the 2014-2015 winter storm season. Insights and observations from volunteers on trends and the impact of the extreme cold on frozen beaches and dunes will be discussed. These presentations will be supplemented by posters on exhibit.