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Science made public – The power of waves at Martha’s Vineyard
July 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
During July and August, WHOI’s Ocean Science Exhibit Center and Information Office at WHOI sponsor a series of public talks by WHOI scientists and engineers designed for a lay audience. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Power of Waves at Martha’s Vineyard
Anna Wargula, Joint Program Student, Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering
Norton Point, the southern barrier beach of Martha’s Vineyard, is one of the most dynamic coasts in Massachusetts. In April 2007, an inlet breached during the Patriot’s Day storm, exposing Katama Bay to tides and waves from the Atlantic Ocean. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene struck Martha’s Vineyard with 18-foot waves and 40-mile-per-hour winds and stopped the normally two-knot tidal flows out of the bay. Learn how WHOI scientists make measurements in breaking waves and strong currents and what these measurements tell us about ocean waves’ impacts on tidal flows in inlets and bays.