USACE Field Research Facility
Field Research Facility
Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory
** New Hazards in Surf Zone ** more
Duck Environmental Assessment for new Public Safety Building more

Welcome to the Field Research Facility. Located on the Atlantic Ocean near the town of Duck, North Carolina (...2MB pdf map), the FRF is an internationally-recognized coastal observatory. Instruments at the facility constantly record the changing waves, winds, tides, and currents. Central to the facility is a 1840 foot long pier and specialized vehicles. The FRF was established in 1977 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is part of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (headquarters in Vicksburg, MS). (More hirez pic...)

Ongoing Projects & Experiments
CSA Currituck Sound array observing platform...
  • RIOS Radar Inlet Observing System...
  • WIS National Wave Hindcasts...
  • Bethany Beach, DE wave studies...
  • Ocean City, MD wave studies...
  • New River Inlet Radar wave studies...
  • PILOT/SWIMS typhoon/hurricane studies...
  • Past projects ...
  • Field Research Facility
    Aug 3, 2021 1211 EST
    All Times are Eastern Standard Time
    Rel Humidity79%
    Air Temp 25°C    77°F
    Winds 15.7 kts from NE
    8 m/s from 49 ° True N
    Waves 10mi offshore 1.3 m (4.2 ft) 5.1 s
    72 ° from True North
    Water Temp Pier End 25°C    77°F
    2:54am(H) 8:54am(L) 3:36pm(H) 10:30pm(L)
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    Video Imaging : 22 Jul at 0700 EST

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    Camera1(N) Camera2(NNE) Camera3(NE) Camera4(E) Camera5(SSE) Camera6(S)

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