Virtual Beach Step-by-Step Training Modules

Using actual data from a beach, the following modules, data files, Virtual Beach project files, and videos (to be updated soon) are intended to walk you through the Virtual Beach software. NOTE: The files contained in the zip files are Virtual Beach project files and can only be opened from within the Virtual Beach software.

I. Determining Beach Orientation
Open the Determining Beach Orientation (PDF) directions. Watch the Beach Orientation video for an illustration of this module

Download and extract: VB_Blueharbor_Beach_Orientation zip file: Virtual Beach project file with beach orientation saved. Your project file should look like this after determining the beach orientation while working through the "Beach Orientation" training module. 

NOTE: Sometimes the beach orientation appears as "180" instead of "21.15".  The water is marked correctly, but the number is wrong. If you  click "Remove Water Marker", click on the water in front of the beach area, then click "Add Water Marker", the correct orientation appears.

II. Preparing Data to Create a GBM Model
Open the Preparing Data for the GBM Model (PDF) directions. Watch the GBM model Data Preparation video for an illustration of this module.

Download the file: VB_Training_Data_GBM.xls. This file contains data from Blue Harbor Beach, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, collected from 2009 to 2016 which will be imported into Virtual Beach while working through the "Preparing Data for the GBM model", the training module posted above. 

Download and extract: VB_Blueharbor_DataPrep-GBM zip file: Virtual Beach project file with alongshore and onshore calculations and manipulations saved. Your project file should look like this after finishing the "Preparing Data for the GBM Model" training module.

III. Creating a GBM Model
Open the Creating a GBM model (PDF) directions. Use the Virtual Beach project file created in step I to create this model. Watch the GBM model creation video for an illustration of this module.

Download and extract: VB_Blueharbor_GBM-Model zip file:Virtual Beach project file with completed GBM model saved. Your project file should look like this after finishing the "Creating a GBM Model" training module.  

IV. Preparing Data to Create an MLR Model
Open the Preparing Data for the MLR model (PDF) directions. Watch the MLR model Data Preparation video for an illustration of this module.

Download the file: VB_Training_Data_MLR.xls. This file contains data from Blue Harbor Beach, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, collected from 2009 to 2016 which will be imported into Virtual Beach while working through the "Preparing Data for the MLR model", the training module posted above. 

Download and extract: VB_Blueharbor_DataPrep-MLR zip file: Virtual Beach project file with alongshore and onshore calculations and manipulations saved. Your project file should look like this after finishing the "Preparing Data for the GBM Model" training module.

V. Creating an MLR Model
Open the Creating an MLR model (PDF) directions. Use the Virtual Beach project file created in step III to create this model. Watch the MLR model creation video for an illustration of this module.

Download and extract: VB_Blueharbor_MLR-Model zip file:Virtual Beach project file with completed GBM model saved. Your project file should look like this after finishing the "Creating a GBM Model" training module.

VI. Making Predictions with a Nowcast Model
Open the Nowcast Predictions (PDF) directions. Watch the Nowcast creation video for an illustration of this module.

Download the file: ENDDAT_URLs_BlueHarbor.xlsx. This file contains the url created for both the GBM and MLR models. The url will be copied into your project file during this module. 

Download and extract: VB_Blueharbor_Nowcast zip file Virtual Beach project file with prediction data saved. Your project file should look like this after finishing the "Nowcast Predictions" training module.  

VII. Creating a URL to download EnDDaT data
To create a URL for downloading data from EnDDaT, either go through the EnDDaT portal, https://cida.usgs.gov/enddat/, or use the Excel file, EnDDaT URL creator, made by Adam Mednick of UW Sea Grant. 

More details can be found on this page: 'EnDDaT' Tool: Tips and Hints






This project is funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant# NA13NOS4190043.



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