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Beach Monitoring Reports

The table shown above is derived from actual measurements of the beach sand elevation at typical points along East beach. The colours are used to provide an approximate indication of the sand level along the beach compared with historical levels. The range of sand levels and the values at which the colours change are shown in the colour legend at the bottom of the table.

The percentage represents the current sand height compared to the historical minimum and maximum heights ever measured at that location since 2013. These values are calculated from the measurements used to produce the profile charts that give additional information about the sand dynamics at that monitoring point.

These three columns give an overview of the sand level now, how it has changed since the previous measurement and how it compares to last year's results.

A positive number in a red square is usually not a concern but if the number is negative, it indicates that a new low sand level has been detected and further consideration of all the data at that point should be investigated.

May 2023 Report

Date: Friday, 12th May 2023

Monitoring Team: Blake, Sue, Natasha

Analysis & Report: David Bills-Thompson, PFCG Technical Officer and Data Co-ordinator



VCMP mapping of East Beach was conducted on 12th May. Validation of measurements by Elevation History in Propeller Aero shows excellent measurement accuracy around the WEDs.
For most posts there has been an increase in detected sand level; exception is Post 9.

The Quick Summary Table for East Beach (QSTe) has all of the details except for posts 11 and 12 which were not monitored. New to this months QSTe is the colour Grey, indicating that the measurement is now out of date. (The number of days old for the measurement exceeds the current monitoring frequency which is set at 42 days or 6 weeks.)

Notes about using the QST.
The Quick Summary Table contains a great deal of information; every colour and every value means something so spend some time becoming familiar with the information it contains. The QST replaces the wordy descriptions that attempted to explain the beach condition and were very time consuming to complete.


More information


Please contact us if you would like more detailed information.


We can provide:

  • spread sheets of all data

  • photos for each monthly measurement.


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