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Field Activity Details for field activity 2016-358-FA

Other ID: 16CCT07

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Sea-level and Storm Impacts on Estuarine Environments and Shorelines - SSIEES (GX.18.MN00.F1M10.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Nicole Khan, Kathryn Smith

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Chelsea Stalk

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Benchmarks, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To deploy sediment tracers and sediment traps at erosion monitoring sites within Grand Bay marshes.

Vehicle(s): White Dodge Pickup - White

Start Port/Location: St Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: St Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2016-10-18

End Date: 2016-10-25

Equipment Used: Water Level Recorder, Choke Ring Antenna, Push Corer

Information to be Derived: Marsh surface elevation, water level readings

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Eight marsh sediment cores were collected with elevation data. Sedimentation plates were deployed. Four water level loggers were deployed. Two NTUs, one dwave, and one birdcam were also deployed.

Staff: Nicole Khan, Kathryn Smith, Chelsea Stalk

Affiliate Staff:



Grand Bay, MS

North: 30.43683405 South: 30.33391864 West: -88.4564209 East: -88.36181641


photo of Twin Vee (Jabba Jaw)
Twin Vee (Jabba Jaw)


Ellis, A.M., Jacobs, J.A., Smith, K.E.L., Atchia, I., and Smith, C.G., 2021, Sediment core microfossil data collected from the coastal marsh of Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi, USA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Marot, M.E., Smith, C.G., McCloskey, T.A., Locker, S.D., Khan, N.S., Smith, K.E.L., 2020, Sedimentary data from Grand Bay, Alabama/Mississippi, 2014-2016 (Version 1.1): U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Marot, M.E., Smith, C.G., McCloskey, T.A., Locker, S.D., Khan, N.S., Smith, K.E.L., 2019, Sedimentary Data from Grand Bay, Alabama/Mississippi, 2014-2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Smith, K.E.L., Terrano, J.F., Khan, N.S., Smith, C.G., Pitchford, J.L., 2021, Lateral shoreline erosion and shore-proximal sediment deposition on a coastal marsh from seasonal, storm and decadal measurements: Geomorphology, Geomorphology, v. 389, 107829 p., doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107829.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Water Level RecorderSolinst water leveloggers were deployed at four sediment erosion sites (one logger at each site). Loggers were placed inside plastic wells. No data was retrieved.Benchmarks
No data was collected
Choke Ring Antenna --- Benchmarks
Push Corer --- Geology (16CCT07 sediment core foraminiferal counts and data dictionary)

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