VIDEO: What goes on at the Army Corps of Engineers’ pier in Duck?

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Located in what was once a bombing range dating back to World War II, what exactly goes on at the Army Corps of Engineers’ facility in Duck?

Researchers at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Field Research Facility in Duck have kept watch on the coast for more than 40 years, creating a vibrant research hub that remains at the forefront of coastal science and engineering today.

The concrete pier built in 1977 is 1,840 feet long. [frf.usace.army.mil image]

Located on the Atlantic Ocean, the internationally renowned coastal observatory serves as a natural lab and test bed for field instrumentation and numerical models.

Its ever-expanding and evolving array of sensors continuously measures waves, currents and morphology, providing foundational datasets that have been used in more than 1,000 scientific publications to date.

The FRF supports ERDC’s civil and military missions by advancing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ knowledge of the coastal environment through field observation, data analysis, numerical exploration, and technology development.

If it is coastal research, the FRF is one of the first places people are going for the data, tools and expertise needed to solve their complex challenges.

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