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Wrightsville Beach

Description: Measurements of bottom currents and waves to investigate the flow field and sediment transport in a rippled scour depression offshore of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Duration: Mar-May 1996

USGS Principal Investigators: R. Thieler, D. Cacchione, J. Ferreira

Collaborators: Andrew Shepard (NOAA/NURC at UNC-Wilmington); Brad Murray (Duke Univ.); George Voulgaris and Ben Gutierrez (Univ. South Carolina)


Thieler, E.R., Schwab, W.C., and Cacchione, D.A., 1998. Wave and current measurements in a cross-shore scour depression on the shoreface off Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Eos Trans. AGU, v. 79, no. 1 (supplement), p. OS61.

Murray, A.B., and Thieler, E.R., 2004. A new hypothesis and exploratory model for the formation of large-scale inner-shelf sediment sorting and "rippled scour depressions": Continental Shelf Research, v. 24, no. 3, p. 295-315.

Gutierrez, B.T., Voulgaris, G., and Thieler, E.R., 2005. Exploring the persistence of sorted bedforms on the inner-shelf of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: Continental Shelf Research v.25, no. 1, p.65-90.

Field Activity Reports: 1996-009-FA, 1996-011-FA

Revision History:

  • Original data publication prior to 2006

Please use the following citation when referencing this dataset:

Theiler, E.R.,Cacchione, D.A.,Ferreira, J. Lightsom, F.L., Oceanographic Measurements-- Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 1996: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Data Access

table imageCatalog of Data

Catalog of Data Averaged to Hourly

Data Access via THREDDS (EPIC)

Data Access via THREDDS (CF)

Station Locations


For more detail about the measurements collected at each site, browse WRIGHTSVILLE.kml (using Google Earth).

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