Measuring Vertical Profiles

Measuring Vertical Profiles

Molluscan Fisheries staff using standard surveying techniques to measure the elevation, width, and shape of the beach. Measurements begin 3 meters into the vegetation of the upper beach (as seen in this photo) and continue at regular intervals until the person bearing the stadia rod is below sea level. Monthly measurements are used to assess the impact of erosion on nourished and unnourished beaches in Pinellas County.


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FWC Facts:
Seagrasses stabilize the sea bottom with their roots and rhizomes (underground stems) in much the same way that land grasses retard soil erosion.

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