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St. Petersburg Field Center Hosts Visit from Japanese Land-Management Team

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Fuminori Kato, Koji Yamamoto, Steve Obrochta, Greg Brooks, and Bekka Larsen (left to right) gather at Fort De Soto Park for a field trip to undeveloped beaches.
Fuminori Kato and Koji Yamamoto from the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management in Japan visited the USGS' Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies (CCRMS) in St. Petersburg, FL, on March 25 and 26. They were here to attend the Association of State Flood Plain Managers meeting in Tampa and had a few extra days. Jack Medlin (USGS, International Programs, Reston, VA) arranged a tour of our facility. Mr. Kato and Mr. Yamamoto were especially interested in how the USGS deals with coastal-erosion issues on a populated beach. We took them on a field trip to visit developed and undeveloped beaches along Pinellas County.

Thanks to Bob Halley, Bob Morton, John Brock, Terry Edgar, Abby Sallenger, and Russ Peterson from the USGS, Steve Obrochta from the University of South Florida, and Greg Brooks and Bekka Larsen from Eckerd College for helping introduce them to our facilities.

lagoon between Fort De Soto and Hook Island
Koji Yamamoto and Fuminori Kato wade into the lagoon between Fort De Soto and Hook Island to do fieldwork at Fort De Soto.
Fort De Soto Park beach
Steve Obrochta and Koji Yamamoto look at grain sizes at a Fort De Soto Park beach.
All Terrain Vehicle for beach mapping
Russ Peterson demonstrates use of the All Terrain Vehicle for beach mapping to Fuminori Kato.

Some of the visitors' publications are:

Kato, Fuminori, Sato, Shinji, and Yeh, Harry, 2000, Large-scale experiment on dynamic response of sand bed around a cylinder due to tsunami, in Edge, Billy L., ed., Coastal Engineering 2000, Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Coastal Engineering, Sydney, Australia, July 16-21, 2000: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), p. 1848-1859.

Kato, Fuminori, Sato, Shinji, and Torii, Ken-Ichi, in preparation, Interaction between coastal vegetation and beach topography change: manuscript, 18 p.

Uda, Takaaki, and Yamamoto, Koji, 1992, Beach changes around a sand spit—the example of Mihono-Matsubara: Coastal Engineering in Japan, v. 35, no. 1, p. 111-128.

Uda, Takaaki, and Yamamoto, Koji, 1994, Beach changes caused by obstruction of longshore sand transport; an example of the Hidaka Coast in Hokkaido: Coastal Engineering in Japan, v. 37, no. 1, p. 87-106.

Related Web Sites
Center for Coastal & Regional Marine Studies
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management
Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

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