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Sand tracking study for Mississippi Gulf Coast Beach Management

Partrac assist MSU to conduct sand tracking study for MDMR to inform Mississippi Gulf Coast Beach Management

Sediment Tracing specialists Partrac have been assisting academic staff and researchers from Mississippi State University to implement a beach sediment tracking study on Deer Island, the closest barrier island to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The study was commissioned and funded by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (DMR) Mississippi Tidelands Trust Fund Program. It is being undertaken to examine and better understand pathways of alongshore sediment transport, the rate of movement, and predominant direction on the foreshore of the sensitive Deer Island Mississippi Coastal Preserve, which is an official DMR Gulf Ecological Management Site (GEMS).

Dr Anna Linhoss of MSU’s hydroecology laboratory leading the study commented, “The study is being conducted as part of a wider effort to improve our understanding of sand erosion and deposition in the MS Gulf Coast. We are undertaking this initial sand tracking study for the purposes of model calibration and validation, and to feed into the wider objective of restoring the integrity of the sand transport system along the region’s coastline.”

Partrac’s role in the project was to assist with study design, deployment of their proprietary dual signature tracer material at the site, and subsequent sampling and analyses efforts.

Further information on this study and Partrac’s range of marine and coastal services can be obtained by contacting Partrac’s Newcastle-upon-Tyne office on 0191 242 1302 or by emailing




Partrac tracer Deer Island
Deployment of the tracer material on the Deer Island foreshore.


Partrac tracer UV light
Detection of the tracer material in the field using a blue light / UV torch.


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