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Open-File Report 2014–1159

Coastal Change Processes Project Data Report for Observations Near Fire Island, New York, January to April 2012

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All of the gear was recovered aboard the RV Connecticut in April 2012. We thank the crew of the RV Connecticut for their support, and the University of South Carolina and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for providing additional equipment for the deployment.

From mid-November 2011 through mid-January 2012, numerous USGS personnel contributed to building the nine tripods and preparing the parts for the six buoy moorings. We would like to thank Sandy Baldwin for instrument assembly, mounting, and photography; Robert Barton for help with anchor assembly; Emile Bergeron for case mounts, wiper brushes, and various other parts and mounts that had to be handmade at the last minute; Phillip Bernard for help with tripod transportation and ship contracting; Dann Blackwood for instrument mounting, camera and SEABOSS preparation, and tripod transportation; Jonathan Borden for just about everything; Soupy Dalyander for stuffing battery cases; Patrick Dickhudt for preparing the LISST suspended-sediment sensor and tripod transportation; Barry Irwin for setting up a bathymetric data and navigation station for the cruise; Erika Lentz for instrumentation mounting and clean-up; Jeff Obelcz for instrumentation mounting; Chris Sabens for coming in to direct others even when she could use only one hand; and Chuck Worley for SEABOSS preparation.

All of the equipment was deployed off Fire Island in two round trips from January 23 to 26. Jonathan Borden led Brandy Armstrong, Sandy Baldwin, Jeff List, Marinna Martini, Ellyn Montgomery, Jeff Obelcz, John Warner, and Chuck Worley aboard the RV Connecticut to deploy the six buoys and nine tripods.

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