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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-006-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Pending

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

Funding Program(s): Estuarine Processes, Hazards, and Ecosystems (LQ00G3S)

Principal Investigator(s): Neil Kamal Ganju

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Steven Suttles

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Current, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Evaluate sediment dynamics and sediment fluxes in Grand Bay estuary system over tidal and seasonal timescales using long-term instrumented mooring deployments and tidal cycle surveys.


Start Port/Location: Pascagoula, MS

End Port/Location: Pascagoula, MS

Start Date: 2017-01-22

End Date: 2017-01-30

Equipment Used: CTD 19+ with OBS, PAR, DO, Chl, ADCP, Garmin GPS 76, Water sampler, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Currents, waves, suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), temperature, salinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Chla, and dissolved organic matter (fDom).

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Alexander Nichols, Daniel Nowacki, Steven Suttles

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2016-034-FA
The CTD is a "Sea-Bird SBE19"


Grand Bay, Alabama/Mississippi, United States

North: 30.42095928 South: 30.36624738 West: -88.4224 East: -88.38219521


Small Power Boat Class A


Nowacki, D. J., Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K., Montgomery, E.T. and Martini, M.A., 2018, Oceanographic and water quality measurements collected in Grand Bay, Alabama/Mississippi – August 2016 – January 2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release

Nowacki, D.J., Ganju, N.K., Suttles, S.E., Borden, J., and Nichols, A., 2018, Discharge measurements made in Bayou Heron and Bayou Middle, Grand Bay, Mississippi in January 2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Suttles, S.E., Nowacki, D.J., Ganju, N.K., Borden, J., and Nichols, A.R., 2019, Suspended-sediment concentration data from water samples collected in 2016-17 in Grand Bay, Alabama and Mississippi: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
CTD 19+ with OBS, PAR, DO, Chl --- CTD
ADCP --- Current
Grand_Bay_ADCP (Discharge measurements made in Bayou Heron and Bayou Middle, Grand Bay, Mississippi in January 2017)
Garmin GPS 76 --- Navigation
Water sampler --- Chemistry
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)

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