Discharge_report - Total Discharge Out of White Point Swash Introduction The objective of this study put on by the CORPS of Engineers Charleston

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Total Discharge Out of White Point Swash Introduction: The objective of this study, put on by the CORPS of Engineers Charleston District in conjunction with Coastal Carolina University, was to measure velocities and water levels with in the swash channels of the Grand Strand in order to estimate the discharge rates within the swash channels. Determining the discharge rates are important in understanding the volume of water flowing out or into the system and what it may be transporting. This is particularally important for the Grand Strand region because of increased human influences due to increasing residential and commercial development. The study took place at White Point Swash in Mrytle Beach South Carolina. Studying swashes are important because swash systems have great ecological importance. They support local fish, invertebrate, and bird populations. Also, Myrtle Beach is a highly visited tourist area and the tourist visit not only for the beautiful beaches but also for the variety of habitats, flora, and fauna. Protecting the swash systems in the area is vital to maintain the scenary the residents and tourists love. Figure 1 shows the area of White Point Swash, where the study took place. Figure 1: Map of the area of White Point Swash, where total discharge was calculated. Methods: Data Collection: To obtain the total discharge rate out of White Point Swash, depth measurements and flow velocities were measured across the channel where the Acoustic Doppler
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Current Profiler was placed. The various measurements were taken during the ebb tide on November 16, 2007. Previous transects were measured by separate individuals earlier, but when the data was received it was not clear which data went with which sample site, therefore the second trip, on the 16th, was taken. Using a 100 ft tape measure, the channel was divided into 3 ft increments, which was later converted into cm. Every 3 feet the depth of the channel was measured via tide staff and then flow velocity was determined with an electromagnetic current meter. A cross- section with respect to depth and velocity
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course MSCI 101 taught by Professor Wolfe during the Spring '08 term at Coastal Carolina University.

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Discharge_report - Total Discharge Out of White Point Swash Introduction The objective of this study put on by the CORPS of Engineers Charleston

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