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Field Activity Details for field activity 2014-047-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Hurricane Sandy - Estuarine Response to Storm Forcing (AE03FKD)

Principal Investigator(s): Neil Kamal Ganju

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Steven Suttles

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy instruments to collect time series data to support evaluations of sediment transport and wetland stability, which will support development of models of storm impacts on estuarine health, vulnerability of adjacent communities, and sustainability of restored and natural wetlands.


Start Port/Location: Tuckerton, NJ

End Port/Location: Tuckerton, NJ

Start Date: 2014-08-11

End Date: 2015-01-06

Equipment Used: Bottom platform, Current, Pressure, Turbidity, GPS - Handheld

Information to be Derived: Currents, turbidity, water level, water temperature, suspended sediment concentration.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Deployed bottom landing current meters and pole mounted turbidity and temperature loggers. Time series data will be downloaded during future field activities, but all time series data will be associated with this FA.

Staff: Patrick Dickhudt, Neil Kamal Ganju

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Platforms- Rutgers 20' Maritime Skiff;
Vehicle- USGS Suburban.

two deployments Aug 2014-Jan 2015; Removed to prevent freezing in winter.

Associated with 2015-021-FA, second deployment Apr-Jul 2015;

Deployment platforms used:
current meter= FG lander (Fiberglass grate bottom lander)
Turbidity/Temperature loggers = pole mount


Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, United States, Estuary

North: 40.137 South: 39.487 West: -74.393 East: -73.94


photo of Rutgers 20 foot Maritime Skiff
Rutgers 20 foot Maritime Skiff


Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K., Montgomery, E.T., Dickhudt, P.J., Borden, J., Martini, M.A., and Brosnahan, S.M., 2015, Oceanographic and water-quality measurements in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, 2014-2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
All Platform data from Barnegat Bay collected as part of EPR (YSI and AQD files from several platforms)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
current data collected in Barnegat bay as part of EPR (Aquadopp sensors were deployed at several sites)
Pressure --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
pressure data collected in Barnegat bay as part of EPR (a variety of sensors were deployed at several sites to collect pressure data)
Turbidity --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
turbidity data from Barnegat Bay collected as part of EPR (a variety of sensors were deployed at several sites)
GPS - Handheld --- Navigation

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