National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wallops Flight Facility

Assateague on the Move

NASA Earth Observatory featured the changing shoreline near ATM’s home base at Wallops Flight Facility and referred to ATM’s beach mapping work two decades ago.


“I spend a lot of time going in and out of Chincoteague inlet on my boat, and I have watched the inlet and islands change pretty dramatically over the past 20 years,” said Kyle Krabill, a research engineer at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Krabill, his colleagues, and his father have been observing these shores for decades as they have tested lidar instruments that are ultimately used to study ice. “I have always been interested in these coastal processes and think it’s really neat to watch them move around in our timescale.”