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Field Activity Details for field activity 2014-061-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): Jeremy Testa (UMCES-CBL) Nicholas Nidzieko (UMCES-HPL)

Information Specialist(s): Steven Suttles

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Turnaround already deployed instruments to collect time series data to make evaluations of sediment transport, water quality, geomorphic change, circulation, and wetland stability. This 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: Falmouth, MA

End Port/Location: Greenbackville, VA

Start Date: 2014-10-13

End Date: 2014-10-24

Equipment Used: Garmin GPS 76, Water sampler

Information to be Derived: Currents, waves, water level, water temperature, salinity, turbidity, Chla-fluoroscence, fDom, pH, bed altitude change, suspended sediment concentration.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Recovered all deployed instruments and downloaded data from first segment of deployment. Evaluated instrument performance and conducted calibration checks on water quality sensors. Replaced sensors as required. Installed new batteries (if needed) and redeployed instruments for next data segment. Collected water samples for instrument calibrations.

Staff: Alexis Beudin, Sandra Brosnahan, Patrick Dickhudt, Steven Suttles

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Platform(s)- UMCES-HPL 18' C-Hawk or 21' Wetsig;
Vehicle(s)- USGS Pick-up Truck and USGS Suburban;

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2014-048-FA (all time series data will be associated with this previous FA).


Chincoteague Bay, Virginia, United States, Chincoteague Bay, Maryland, United States

North: 38.36 South: 37.819 West: -75.479 East: -75.079


photo of UMECS-21ft Wetzig
UMECS-21ft Wetzig


Nowacki, D.J., Beudin, A., Ganju, N.K., 2017, Spectral wave dissipation by submerged aquatic vegetation in a back-barrier estuary: Limnology and Oceanography, v. 62, no. 2, p. 736-753,

Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K., Brosnahan, S.M., Montgomery, E.T., Dickhudt, P.J., Borden, Jonathan, and Martini, M.A., 2016, Oceanographic and water-quality measurements in Chincoteague Bay, Maryland/Virginia, 2014 - 2015: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K., Brosnahan, S.M., Montgomery, E.T., Dickhudt, P.J., Beudin, A., Nowacki, D.J., and Martini, M.A., 2017, Summary of oceanographic and water-quality measurements in Chincoteague Bay, Maryland and Virginia, 2014–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1032, 95 p.,

Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K, Montgomery, E.T., Dickhudt, P.J., Borden, Jonathan., Brosnahan, S.M., and Martini, M.A., 2016, Summary of oceanographic and water-quality measurements in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, 2014–15: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1149, 22 p.,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Garmin GPS 76 --- Navigation
Water sampler --- Chemistry

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