To acquire the data necessary to depict and better
understand the physics of above mentioned processes, a field laboratory has been
established on the island of Guam. Guam was selected primarily because it is
affected by an average of three tropical cyclones annually. In addition, it
offers a favorable physical and logistical setting to study the required
processes. A near-coast directional wave buoy has been deployed, and
construction of a coastal water-level and meteorological station is underway. A
detailed nearshore bathymetric survey using laser-based technology has been
performed. Selection of a second field study site in Hawaii has been initiated.
This site is expected to provide similar but less extreme, more frequent, and
longer duration data than the Guam site.