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Field Activity Details for field activity 2019-006-FA

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Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): NFWF/Monitoring Beach Marsh (MN00GSM)

Principal Investigator(s): Neil Kamal Ganju

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Steven Suttles

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Turbidity, Environmental Data: Current, Sampling: Geology, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Benchmarks, Sampling: Chemistry, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The proposed plan will use remote sensing techniques and targeted in-situ observations to monitor the post-restoration evolution of beaches, dunes, vegetative cover, and sediment budgets at beach and dune restoration sites specified in the RFP. We will use these data to evaluate if/how restoration projects improved ecological outcomes and decreased storm vulnerability relative to unaltered environments, thereby providing input necessary for estimating cost-effectiveness. The work as part of this field activity will focus on in-situ monitoring of sediment transport and water-quality in creeks within two of the restored marsh/dune sites.


Start Port/Location: Port Norris, NJ

End Port/Location: Stone Harbor, NJ

Start Date: 2019-02-24

End Date: 2019-03-01

Equipment Used: YSI EXO2 Multi-parameter Sonde, ADCP, Grab sampler, Wingscapes BirdCam Pro, RTK, Water sampler, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Measure water level, currents, pressure, turbidity, and water-quality parameters. Flow/discharge. Water samples for suspended sediment concentration and organic content.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Deployment 1115B, 1116B, and 1119B: On December 4, 2018, the Sontek IQ Plus was configured to continue collecting data at mooring 1115B. A YSI EXO2 and RBR Dwave were deployed at mooring 1116B on a bottom lander platform. An SP80 RTK receiver was used to get the horizontal and vertical positions of 1115B and 1116B platforms, as well as a cross-sectional survey of the marsh channel for Sontek IQ Plus flow calculations. On December 5, 2018, a YSI EXO2 and RBR Dwave were deployed at 1119B.

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Eric Marsjanik, Steven Suttles

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Second turnaround of deployed time-series instruments.

Funding Project: MN00GSM NFWF/Monitoring Beach Marsh GR18LQ00GSM2000
Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2018-048-FA

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2018-056-FA

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2018-059-FA


Stone Harbor and Thompsons Beach, New Jersey, United States, Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay.

North: 39.2449 South: 38.9868 West: -75.0724 East: -74.6053


photo of Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters


Bales, R.D., Suttles, S.E., De Meo, O.A., Ganju, N.K., and Marsjanik, E.D., 2024, Time-series measurements of oceanographic and water quality data collected at Thompsons Beach and Stone Harbor, New Jersey, USA, September 2018 to September 2019 and March 2022 to May 2023: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

De Meo, O.A., Bales, R.D., Ganju, N.K., Marsjanik, E.D., and Suttles, S.E., 2024, Calculation of a suspended-sediment concentration-turbidity regression model and flood-ebb suspended-sediment concentration differentials from marshes near Stone Harbor and Thompsons Beach, New Jersey, 2018-19 and 2022-23: U.S. Geological Survey Data Report 1193, 12 p.,

De Meo, O.A., Bales, R.D., Suttles, S.E., Marsjanik, E.D., and Ganju, N.K., 2024, Supplementary data in support of oceanographic and water quality times-series measurements made at Thompsons Beach and Stone Harbor, NJ from September 2018 to February 2023: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
YSI EXO2 Multi-parameter Sonde --- Chlorophyll
Dissolved Oxygen
ADCP --- Current
Grab sampler --- Biology
Wingscapes BirdCam Pro --- Photo
RTK --- Transects
Water sampler --- Chemistry
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)

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