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Man stands on arctic tundra next to a tall tripod with a camera mounted on top, with small solar panels nearby, and guy wires attached to the legs of the tripod.

Shawn Harrison stands near the Barter Island coastal bluff camera station. [Larger version]

Using Video Imagery to Study Coastal Change

Barter Island, Alaska

For a short study period, two video cameras overlooked the coast from atop the coastal bluff of Barter Island in northern Alaska. The purpose was to observe and quantify coastal processes such as wave run-up, development of rip channels, bluff erosion, and movement of sandbars and ice floes.

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Camera tripod set-up atop a coastal tundra bluff in background, with eroding bluff chunks in foreground.

Camera set-up on the Barter Island coast, in summer of 2018. Photo by Shawn Harrison, USGS. [Larger version]

View of eroding coastal bluffs, mostly mud capped with a permafrost layer with tundra on top.

View of the highly erosive coastal bluff from water level, on Barter Island. Photo by Shawn Harrison, USGS. [Larger version]


Two people stand on top of an eroding coastal bluff.

Above, USGS scientists Cordell Johnson and Li Erikson on the bluff. Photo by Shawn Harrison, USGS. [Larger version]

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