These sentiments of Newton must find sympathy with many coastal geomorphologists. The coastal geomorphologist often knows exactly what, under ideal circumstances, he or she would like to measure but often lacks the means, due to either technical or financial constraints, to achieve his or her goals. The coastal zone is one of the most rewarding areas of geomorphological research since the relatively high energy input, in terms of waves and tidal currents, promotes responses between process and form over relatively short periods of time. Because of this relatively high energy input, however, the measurement of processes can be a difficult problem, particularly during times of storms and storm surges, which promote the most dramatic form responses.