News from Cleveleys Coast Watchers

News from Cleveleys Coast Watchers

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

Have you spotted this little blue box on the seafront car park near to the cafe?

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.

Radar unit being installed on 10.5.18 - News from Cleveleys Coast Watchers
Radar unit being installed on 10.5.18 – News from Cleveleys Coast Watchers

There is 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.”

Notice on the fence at the temporary radar station - News from Cleveleys Coast Watchers
Notice on the fence at the temporary radar station – News from Cleveleys Coast Watchers

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 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.

One of these radar units 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 from the little blue box at Cleveleys, a second unit might be installed on top of Cafe Cove.So if one is fitted at the cafe it would cover the coastline from North Pier to 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!

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