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Field Activity Details for field activity 2015-607-FA

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AKA: none

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments (ZP00FDB)

Principal Investigator(s): Jessica Lacy

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Joanne C. Ferreira

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Investigate temporal variability in sediment resuspension and sediment flux in San Pablo Bay.

Vehicle(s): MarFac; Chevy Suburban - gray; 7 pass; G62-2874L, MarFac; Ford 650 Box truck - White G71-03559, MarFac; Ford F750 Flatbed stake truck - blue

Start Port/Location: San Rafael, CA

End Port/Location: San Rafael, CA

Start Date: 2015-02-02

End Date: 2015-04-17

Equipment Used: navigation, Van Veen, Ponargrab, Moorings - Tripods

Information to be Derived: Time series of magnitude and direction of sediment flux in San Pablo Bay shallows. Also tides, currents, waves, and salinity in Bay shallows.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: grainsize files added to FAD

Staff: Peter Dal Ferro, Timothy Elfers, Joanne C. Ferreira, Peter Harkins, Jessica Lacy, Jennifer White, Robert Wyland

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: 4-5 days for deployment, 3-4 for recovery (in April).

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2014-638-FA

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2014-656-FA

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2014-678-FA


San Pablo Bay in northern San Francisco Bay, CA, USA

North: 38.10862766 South: 37.99602191 West: -122.492 East: -122.35857544


photo of Parke Snavely
Parke Snavely


Foster-Martinez, M.R., Lacy, J.R., Ferner, M.C., and Variano, E.A., 2018, Wave attenuation across a tidal marsh in San Francisco Bay: Coastal Engineering, v. 136, pp. 26–40, doi: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2018.02.001.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
navigation --- Navigation
Van Veen --- Biology
Ponargrab --- Geology
Moorings - Tripods --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Water pressure/depth, velocity, and turbidity time-series data from SPD15 Bay shallows stations in San Pablo Bay and China Camp Marsh, California (Files contain hydrodynamic and sediment transport data for the location and deployment indicated. Time-series data of water depth, velocity, turbidity, and temperature were collected in San Pablo Bay and China Camp Marsh as part of the San Francisco Bay Marsh Sediment Experiments. Several instruments were deployed in tidal creek, marsh, mudflat, and Bay locations, gathering data on water depth, velocity, salinity/temperature, and turbidity. Deployment data are grouped by region (Bay channel (main Bay), Bay shallows, tidal creek, or marsh/mudflat/upper tidal creek). Users are advised check metadata and instrument information carefully for applicable time periods of specific data, as individual instrument deployment times vary.)

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