New Hampshire Volunteer Beach Profiling Program

This project establishes a volunteer beach profile monitoring program for select New Hampshire beaches. Quantifying changes in beach contours over time will provide increased understanding of responses to storms as well as seasonal and long-term trends of erosion and accretion. In addition, the program will provide important educational experience to volunteers about beach dynamics and the response of beaches to storms.  Results will provide municipal and state decision makers with important information on coastal processes for guiding beach management.  In addition, beach profiles will provide critical data to inform storm surge forecasting models currently in development by the National Weather Service.

Project Lead

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Sea Grant


New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program

Time Frame

Start: July 1, 2016
End: June 30, 2017

Wallis Sands Beach