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Field Activity Details for field activity 13BIM01

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Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Barrier Island Evolution Research - BIER Geophysics (GX.16.MN00.F1F40.00), Barrier Island Evolution Research - BIER Sedimentology (GX.17.MN00.F1F50.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Smith

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Nancy DeWitt, Arnell Forde, Kyle Kelso, Marci Marot, Lisa Osterman, Billy Reynolds

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Ground Penetrating Radar, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To collect sediment cores and geophysical data to assess marsh history.

Vehicle(s): Chevy HHR - Blue, Ford F-350 Dually - Silver (GSA)

Start Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2013-04-13

End Date: 2013-04-20

Equipment Used: Vibracorer, Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Push Corer, Pressure Logger, GPS

Information to be Derived: Core descriptons, bulk density, LOI, Pb-210, Cs-137, foram assemblages, elevation and subsurface profile data.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected 10 push-cores, 6 peat augers, 15 vibracores (1 duplicate) and 65 lines of GPR data.

Staff: Nancy DeWitt, Arnell Forde, Kyle Kelso, Joseph Long, Marci Marot, Lisa Osterman, Billy Reynolds, Kathryn Richwine

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Additional Staff: Miriam Jones - Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center (EGPSC) and Christopher Sherwood - Woods Hole Science Center (WHSC)

Additional Equipment: Generator


Dauphin Island, AL

North: 30.31831752 South: 30.18416567 West: -88.3395 East: -87.96295214



Forde, A.S., Smith, C.G., Reynolds, B.J., 2016, Archive of ground penetrating radar data collected during USGS field activity 13BIM01-Dauphin Island, Alabama, April 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 982,

Haller, C., Osterman, L.E., Smith, C.G., McCloskey, T.A., Adams, C.S., 2018, Benthic foraminiferal data from the Eastern Mississippi Sound salt marshes and estuaries: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Haller, C., Smith, C.G., Hallock, P., Hine, A.C., Osterman, L.E., McCloskey, T., 2019, Distribution of Modern Salt-marsh Foraminifera from the Eastern Mississippi Sound, U.s.a: Journal of Foraminiferal Research, v. 49 no. 1, pp. 29–47, doi: 10.2113/gsjfr.49.1.29.

Haller, C., Smith, C.G., McCloskey, T.A., Marot, M.E., Ellis, A.M., Adams, C.S., 2018, Benthic foraminiferal data from sedimentary cores collected in the Grand Bay (Mississippi) and Dauphin Island (Alabama) salt marshes: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Marot, M.E., Kelso, K.W., Osterman, L.E., DeWitt, N.T., Smith, C.G., 2018, Sedimentary data collected in April 2013 from Dauphin Island and salt marshes of coastal Alabama: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Vibracorer --- Geology
13BIM01_Vibracores (Core description sheets)
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) --- Ground Penetrating Radar
13BIM01_profile_images (61 GPR elevation-corrected profile images)
13BIM01_gpr_trace_data (Ground Penetrating Radar files)
Push Corer --- Geology
13BIM01_GrainSize (Marsh core grain size data)
13BIM01_SedimentPhysicalProperties (Marsh core bulk density, water content and loss-on-ignition data)
13BIM01_StableIsotopes (Marsh core stable isotopic data)
13BIM01_Foraminifera (Surface sediment and marsh core foraminifera counts)
13BIM01_PeatAugers (Peat auger core photographs)
13BIM01_GammaSpectroscopy (Marsh core radioisotopic data)
13BIM01_ElementConcentrations (Sediment elemental concentrations from marsh cores)
Pressure Logger --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Water-level measurements (Measurements of atmospheric pressure, water levels, and waves on Dauphin Island, Alabama, collected in 2013.)
GPS --- Navigation
13BIM01_SiteInformation (Core sampling site location, elevation, and water quality parameters)

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