The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility: More Than Two Decades of Coastal Research
CORPS OF ENGINEERS KITTY HAWK NC
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The Field Research Facility FRF, located on the Atlantic Ocean in Duck, NC, was established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1977 to support the Corps coastal engineering research requirements. The facility consists of a 560-m- l,840-ft- long research pier, a main office building, field support building, and a 40-m- 130-ft- high observation tower. Since its creation, the FRF has maintained a comprehensive, long-term monitoring program of the coastal ocean including waves, tides, currents, local meteorology, and the concomitant beach response. This monitoring program is supported by a small, highly-skilled field staff and several unique vehicles that permit successful operations in the turbulent surf zone. These capabilities have also supported a series of multiagency multiinvestigator experiments that have led to the Duck beach becoming the best-studied beach in the world. To date, approximately 150 journal articles, 108 reports, and 84 conference proceedings papers have been published using FRF data by more than 200 authors. This paper summarizes the capabilities of the FRF and reviews the impact of its first 23 years of operation.
- Civil Engineering
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods