Measuring Wave Height and Water Movement

Two ADCPs, anchored on the seafloor in various locations around Boston Harbor, measure wave height and gather high-resolution current velocities and directions. One ADCP is deployed offshore near Lovell’s Island, transmitting data through a solar-powered telemetry unit attached to the ADCP by a cable. The other ADCP is deployed for shorter periods of time (two weeks to two months) in nearshore environments, recording the data internally. These data help understand baseline conditions against which we can measure the impacts of natural events (such as storms) and occurrences (like beach erosion) and Lab experiments.