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Field Activity Details for field activity 2014-640-FA

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AKA: none

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Tsunami Hazards, Modeling, and the Sedimentary Record (ZP00ES5)

Principal Investigator(s): Bruce Richmond

Affiliate Investigator(s): James Goof, UNSW; Catherine Chague-Goff, UNSW; gerard Fryer, NOAA, Chip Fletcher, UH

Information Specialist(s): Brent Lunghino

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Location-Elevation: Transects, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect core samples for paleotsunami studies.

Vehicle(s): None

Start Port/Location: Hilo, HI

End Port/Location: Hilo, HI

Start Date: 2014-08-15

End Date: 2014-08-25

Equipment Used: Camera-still, Handheld GPS Nomad, Push corer, Vibracore, Other

Information to be Derived: Frequency and inundation of past tsunamis.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected 8 Vibracores at two study sites. Also collected stratigraphic data from push cores.

Staff: Bruce Jaffe, SeanPaul La Selle, Brent Lunghino, Bruce Richmond

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: 9/4/2014 Updating staffing status.
4 wheel drive rental. Possible small boat hire for adjacent valley (weather permitting).


Waipio Valley, Hawaii; Pololu Valley, Hawaii

North: 20.21677761 South: 20.0558379 West: -155.7728 East: -155.55950928


photo of on foot
on foot


La Selle, S.M., Richmond, B.M., Griswold, F.R., Lunghino, B.D., Jaffe, B.E., Kane, H.H., Bellanova, P., Arcos, M.E.M., Nelson, A.R., Chague, C., Bishop, J.M., and Gelfenbaum, G.R., Core logs, scans, photographs, grain size, and radiocarbon data from coastal wetlands on the Hawaiian islands of Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi: doi: 10.5066/P9X4STJM.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Camera-still --- Photo
Handheld GPS Nomad --- Benchmarks
Push corer --- Surveys (geochemical)
Surveys (biological)
Vibracore --- Geology
Vibracore photographs, computed tomography scans, and core-log descriptions from Pololu Valley, Island of Hawaii (This portion of the data release contains information on vibracores that were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in Pololu Valley, Island of Hawai'i in 2014. Five sites were cored in order to describe wetland stratigraphy and to identify potential tsunami deposits. These vibracores contain mud, peat, fluvial sands, and marine volcanic sands, reflecting deposition in a variety of coastal environments. )
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