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Field Activity Details for field activity 2018-686-FA

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): Amy East

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Peter Dartnell

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Interferometric

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map bathymetry and sediment thickness of Whiskeytown reservoir to assess post-fire runoff after Carr Fire, major disaster of summer 2018

Vehicle(s): F350 G43-2783H

Start Port/Location: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

End Port/Location: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Start Date: 2018-12-10

End Date: 2019-05-31

Equipment Used: SWATH plus-M , YoNav, Van Veen, Structure from Motion - crewed aircraft, 512 chirp-source, 512 chirp

Information to be Derived: Bathymetric surface map of reservoir; sediment samples to characterize surface material (0-10 cm deep)

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Cruise data from 2018 including sonar data submitted to FAD 3/15/2019 by Pete Dartnell.

Staff: Timothy Elfers

Affiliate Staff:



Whiskeytown reservoir, northern California

North: 40.65396202 South: 40.59500793 West: -122.60499716 East: -122.51648694


15-ft Whaler


Dartnell, P., Brothers, D.S., East, A.E., Currie, J., Dal Ferro, P., and Logan, J.B., 2021, Chirp sub-bottom data collected in 2019 in Whiskeytown Lake, California during USGS field activity 2018-686-FA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

East, A.E., and Dartnell, P., 2021, Grain-size data for sediment samples collected in Whiskeytown Lake, northern California, in 2018 and 2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Logan, J.B., Dartnell, P., East, A.E., and Ritchie, A.C., 2020, Bathymetry, topography and orthomosaic imagery for Whiskeytown Lake, northern California: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SWATH plus-M --- Interferometric
YoNav --- Navigation
Van Veen --- Biology
Structure from Motion - crewed aircraft --- Photo
512 chirp-source --- Sub Bottom Profiler
512 chirp --- Sub Bottom Profiler

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