This page is about news from Cleveleys Coast Watchers. Coast Watchers is the new project where we all share information to monitor what’s happening on the shoreline in Wyre.
Measuring the Beach
It’s a temporary radar station, and it’s collecting data to measure and evaluate how the sand and pebbles are moving about on the beach with the effect of the tide. It was installed on 10.5.18 by Marlan Maritime Technologies. The project is in conjunction with the National Oceanography Centre, University of Liverpool and NERC.
There’s a notice on the fence to explain what it is. It says “This scientific equipment is collecting data on coastal erosion, waves and currents to help coastal engineers better protect our precious coastline and your homes from the sea.”
The gadget on top of the box is a ships radar which will measure points on the beach. It’s a self-contained unit, powered by the solar panels and wind turbine on top of the box.
As the tide comes in and out and the sand is eroded or deposited, the radar will measure how those points change. As well as the sediment, it will also collect data of how the currents and waves move in the sea. Combined with information from a tide gauge that will show us how the tides alter.
Following the trial phase, the radar unit is being installed at the Rossall Observation Tower. The radar produces good quality data within a radius of about 4km. It covers a maximum radius of up to about 6km, producing less good quality data as it reaches those limits.
After evaluation of the data, a second unit might also be installed on top of Cafe Cove (or a different location), to give coverage of the coastline between North Pier and Rossall Point.
It’s an exciting step towards the development of the Coast Watchers project. Some interesting information should come out of it, so watch this space to find out more!
Get involved with Coast Watchers
Visit Fylde Coast and Wyre Council are developing Coast Watchers, with the help of Rossall Beach Residents and Community Group.
There are different ways that you will be able to join in, from taking a photo while you’re out with your dog to helping to develop the project. Find out more at this link.
While you’re here…
Have a look at the Visit Cleveleys website homepage for more of the latest updates.
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