Cool Photos


– Swash Driven by Oblique Incident Waves (funded by NSF)

Taking a break while the basin fills

Happy to be standing after 2 hours of wave gauge calibration

Computer set up

Alexandra, Kelsey, and Rafiu

10-degree wave trial

The team

Teamwork! while Ben fishes for PIV particles

Took some time to run on Wolfe Island. Medaled!



– Munitions Mobility in the Surf and Swash Zones (funded by SERDP)

Shaping the beach

Manoj on the crane installing lidars

Surveying munitions

Small breaking solitary wave



– Living Shoreline Response to Ship Wake (funded by Delaware Sea Grant)

Install team on boat ride over to Pea Patch

Temi in ponder mode

Coir log installation

Finished installation

Install team on boat ride over to Pea Patch

Temi in ponder mode

Coir log installation

Finished installation



– Physics of Dune Erosion during Extreme Surge and Wave Events – DUNE3 (funded by NSF)

Preparing to remove the greenhouse

Beach profile installation

Sensor installation – Yashar (aka Chuck): always smiling

OBS near vegetation

Adjusting sensors

Wave collision with the dune

Collecting data

The team


– Intra-storm Beach and Dune Erosion on Natural and Engineered Beaches (funded by Delaware Sea Grant and USCRP)

Running fire hose across the beach. New, easy method of pipe jetting

Cross-shore array insatllation

Sensors at a station/td>

Stan proud of his efforts

Happy team even after a hard day of working in the rain

Big waves. Cool measurements, Sensor destruction

Post-storm measurements

Early morning assessment – serching for the lost current meter


– Wallops Island Munitions Mobility Study – WIMMXII (funded by SERDP)

Everyone happy before greenheads got us

Frame install

Fence install

A friendly visitor

Array of surrogates and inert munitions

finding buried inert munitions

calm before the storm

Storm destruction; note the bent Vectrino profiler


– Pea Patch Island Ship Wake Study (funded by the University of Delaware)

Boat ride to Pea Patch

Installing sensors at Mike’s site

Cross-shore array at Mike’s site

Installing sensors at Rachel’s site

Cross-shore array at Rachel’s site

Container ship

Ship wake

Just hanging around


– Wallops Island Munitions Mobility Study – WIMMX (funded by SERDP)

The sensor frame installed at Wallops Island

Testing self-logging and commercial sensors we pieced together

The storm was brutal

Yep, brutal

Rocket in shallow swash

Buried 155 after several tidal cycles

81 mm: now you see me

81 mm: now you don’t. It remained in a scour hole for at least 20 minutes then buried after a few backwashes during falling tide

Partially buried BLU after several tidal cycles

81 mm during strong storm swash events

Brittany found the one that tried to get away

Matt deploying a surrogate

155 getting hit by uprush

Survey vehicle fun

Captain Wenglor

NASA support saving our backs during frame removal


– SUXO Munitions Mobility Study II (funded by SERDP)

The wave flume at ATC

Wave breaking through instrument frame. Surrogate munition can be seen to the left

Rooster tails off surrogates in the backwash before bore arrival

81 mm and BLU-61 surrogates just seaward of the still water line

Searching for surrogates in cold water and a Brittany fashion statement

Offshore survey by “Coastal Jesus”

Surveying when sunny is fun

Surveying when cold and rainy: not so much

Happy Demetra

Everyone loves lunch

Especially cinder block sandwiches

The team


– SUXO Munitions Mobility Study I (funded by SERDP)

The SUXO team

Instrument frame set up

CCP deploy

“Shy” Brittany and “Kung Fu” Nancy setting up field trailer

Large surrogate construction

Small surrogate construction

A bunch of surrogates before deploying

Large surrogate in the swash zone

Small surrogates in the swash zone

Wave crashing on offshore sensors

Brittany and Patricia get a break from the trailer

Nappy time for “Kung Fu” Nancy


– Large wave flume at Oregon State University (funded by NSF)

The BARSED team

A bunch of us in the sediment pit before placing the sand

Digging trenches for cables

Sensors deployed in the OSU large-scale flume

Breaking waves in the flume

Have you ever tried to sweep sand underwater?

Ryan Mieras doing his best seal impression in 45 deg F water

If your job is not enjoyable, you shoudln’t be doing it

Oregon coast: photo during a weekend hike

Douglas Krafft in deep thought

Douglas Krafft testing his Indiana Jones skills

Post experiment dinner


NCSAL in Sisal, Yucatan, Mexico (funded by ONR and CONACYT)

Puleo lining up researchers driving scaffolding pipes for sensor deployment

Scaffolding nearly completed with some sensors installed

Close-up view of current meters, and optical backscatter sensors

Submerged electromagnetic current meter and vectrinos about to be inundated by swash

Quadcopter aerial view of field deployment. There were three scaffold rigs and multiple offshore sensors

Dr. Alec Torres-Freyermuth staring out to sea during a Norte wind event

Graduate students having fund arranging computers in the field trailer

Researchers trying to collect sediment samples using streamer traps



– Ridge Runnel at South Bethany Beach, DE (funded by NSF)

Installing scaffold pipes for the ridge runnel experiment

Picture of field site showing imaging tower and field trailer.

Conditions during the winter experiment were brutal with ice on the sensors and frame

Nick DiCosmo displaying displeasure with the ice

Plunging wave reaching sensors in the swash zone

Patricia Chardon-Maldonado happy for a sunny day

Students taking a break during a lull in the action

Ryan Mieras surveying the beach



UDitch in Lewes, DE (funded by Delaware Sea Grant)

Elevated boardwalk across marsh field site. Gotta have more boardwalk

Constructing shed on an elevated platform. The shed contains power and computers for sensor control and data acquisition

View looking landward showing the shed and imaging tower

Aline Pieterse inside the shed checking on computers

Dimitris Belivanis collected water smaples

Sensors deployed in one of the man-made channels that cuts across the marsh

Jose Carlos Pintado-Patino helping deploy sensors during experiment

Getting to the field site was not easy. We had to hack for over 100m through dense 3-4 m tall Phragmites




Marsh Madness II near Frederica/South Bowers, DE (funded by Delaware Sea Grant)

A muddy Dr. Tom McKenna dragging rescue sleds away from marsh

Veronica Citerone messing around

Aline Pieterse getting ready for water sampling on what looks like an ominous day

Undergrads in the field trailer “collecting data” and apparently coloring

Field tripod deployed on the mudflat

Muddy researchers taking a break after a long day on the mudflat

Mobile 18 m imaging tower and field trailer used for imager control/acquisition and data collection

Survey of the mudflat (dense blue), mudflat edges (red), upland areas (red), marsh platform (black). The “artwork” portion of the survey is by Dr. Tom McKenna and yes, those are real survey points.


GWK swash experiment in the large flume in Hanover, Germany

View looking down the massive flume of Leibniz Universitat in Hanover Germany

Puleo and Dr. Chris Blenkinsopp standing next to the wave flume paddle

Plunging breaker near sensors about to initiate swash

Researchers (Dr. Chris Blenkinsopp, Dan Howe, Puleo and Dr. Ian Turner




BARDEX – Large-scale laboratory study of barrier dynamics in the DeltaFlume, The Netherlands (funded by Hydralab and US Fulbright Commission)

Sensors deployed in the swash zone

Too many researchers packed into a small area near fragile equipment

Butts! Folks hanging over wall to look waves and swash

Bank of laptops for recording data. More were located on the other side of this trailer and in 2 additional trailers

Testing a in situ bed camera

Graduate student Thijs Lanckriet taking sensor elevation measurements

An advisor runs over his graduate student

The BARDEX crew


BeST – Beach Sediment Transport Study at Perranporth, United Kingdom (funded by ESPRC/NERC and US Fulbright Commission)

Sensors being inundated by swash

Sometimes things get silly when collecting data at 0300

Thijs Lanckriet adjusting a camera used during the study. BeST scaffolding rig in the background

Well-deserved pint after a successful experiment


Marsh Madness I – St. Jones Reserve, DE (funded by EPSCoR)

Sensors deployed in a small tidal channel

Temporary ground control targets for image registration

Imagers deployed on a tower to image flow in the channels

Not the best case scenario, but sometimes we have to collect data while in the elements

Guest that periodically visited us during the experiment

Muddy surveying

More surveying

School group visiting the field site


Wolf River PIV study near Biloxi, MS (funded by ONR)

Surveying in Wolf River using the “unicycle”

Setting up imagers for riverine surface currents study

Students setting up imaging targets. Image taken just before snaked jumped out and scared them

Setting up temperature probes at different depths

Sampling surface currents using a moving platform

Standard protocol is to write haiku during field experiments

Large snake slithering through our field area

The snake went under the car and did not come out. Puleo slid across roof and climbed in to move vehicle