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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-346-FA

Other ID: 17CCT04

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): Kathryn Smith

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Joseph Terrano

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Tide, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Benchmarks, Sampling: Geology

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

Vehicle(s): Chevy Suburban - Silver

Start Port/Location: St Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: St Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2017-09-30

End Date: 2017-10-06

Equipment Used: Ashtech Z-Xtreme DGPS, Water Level Recorder, Digital Camera, Other, Choke Ring Antenna, Other

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected sediment traps, water level loggers, surface sediment samples, shoreline location, and elevation data.

Staff: Alisha Ellis, Kathryn Smith, Joseph Terrano, Hunter Wilcox

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2017-333-FA


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)


Smith, K.E.L., Terrano, J.F., Khan, N., Stalk, C.A., 2020, Shore proximal sediment deposition, elevation, and water level data for four sites in the coastal marsh at Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi from October 2016 through October 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
Ashtech Z-Xtreme DGPS --- Benchmarks
Water Level Recorder --- Benchmarks
Digital Camera --- Photo
Other --- --- ---
Choke Ring Antenna --- Benchmarks
No data was collected
Other --- --- ---

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