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Field Activity Details for field activity 2018-058-FA

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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): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To quantify critical sediment transport parameters of diverse wetland complexes within 4 NCBN parks, Cape Cod NS, Fire Island NS, Gateway NRA and Assateague Island NS in order to inform management efforts. Suspended-sediment concentration data over tidal and seasonal timescales and will directly inform and improve the predications developed as part of the marsh modeling effort for these parks.


Start Port/Location: Wellfleet, MA

End Port/Location: Wellfleet, MA

Start Date: 2018-11-13

End Date: 2018-11-16

Equipment Used: GPS - Handheld, Spectra Precision SP80, Water sampler, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Deployment of time series instruments to measure water velocity, water quality, water level, and seabed change. Collect water samples for laboratory analysis of suspended sediment concentration (SSC) and organic content (LOI) for calibration of time series optical turbidity measurements.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Neil Kamal Ganju, Eric Marsjanik, Steven Suttles

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2018-057-FA


Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, United States

North: 41.94398134 South: 41.91391145 West: -70.07816315 East: -70.04793803


photo of Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters


De Meo, O.A., Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K., and Marsjanik, E.D., 2023, Water quality data from a multiparameter sonde collected in the Herring River during November 2018 to November 2019 in Wellfleet, MA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

De Meo, O.A., Suttles, S.E., Ganju, N.K., Marsjanik, E.D., 2022, Suspended-sediment concentrations and loss-on-ignition from water samples collected in the Herring River during 2018-19 in Wellfleet, MA (ver 1.1, March 2023): U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Suttles, S.E., De Meo, O.A., Ganju, N.K., Bales, R.D., and Marsjanik, E.D., 2023, Time-series measurements of oceanographic and water quality data collected in the Herring River, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA, November 2018 to November 2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
GPS - Handheld --- Navigation
Spectra Precision SP80 --- Navigation
Water sampler --- Chemistry
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)

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