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:
The organism that causes red tide in Florida, Karenia brevis, owes its name to a state researcher of harmful algal blooms, Dr. Karen Steidinger.

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