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Field Activity Details for field activity 2020-301-FA

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Other ID: 20CCT01

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Estuary and Marsh Geology - EMRG (Geomorphology) (GX.24.MN00.M1D20.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Smith, Kathryn Smith

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jonathan Pitchford (Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)

Information Specialist(s): Joseph Terrano

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Benchmarks, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Retrieve and redeploy sediment plates and sensors. Also collect elevation and positional data for marsh features.

Vehicle(s): Ford F-250 Stone Grey

Start Port/Location: Saint Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: Moss Point, MS

Start Date: 2020-01-27

End Date: 2020-01-29

Equipment Used: Net Sedimentation Tile , Other, Grab Sampler, Push Corer, Sediment Trap, Other

Information to be Derived: Grain size, sediment deposition, shoreline positions and elevations, bulk density, loss on ignition, micro-fossils, turbidity.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Kathryn and NERR staff (using NERR vessel) collected net sedimentation tiles and marsh sensors. Joseph, BJ, and Kyle used R/V Sallenger to go offshore to dive for ADCP sensor. Joseph was topside while BJ and Kyle were diving.

Staff: Joseph Vargas

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Kathryn are collecting sediment plates, shoreline positions, and water level data with Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff using a NERR vessel. Sediment plates were deployed in Oct 2019 and will be collected on this trip. All marsh and estuarine sensors will be collected.

Joseph, BJ, and Kyle used R/V Sallenger to go offshore to dive for ADCP sensor. Joseph was topside while BJ and Kyle were diving.


Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi and Alabama, United States, Gulf of Mexico

North: 30.44181901 South: 30.20923467 West: -88.49138541 East: -88.34381104


photo of Sallenger
photo of Twin Vee (Jabba Jaw)
Twin Vee (Jabba Jaw)



Smith, K.E.L., Terrano, J.F., Pitchford, J., Brochard M., Vargas, J.M., Atchia, I.D., Everhart, C.S., Smith C.G., 2020, Shore proximal marsh sediment deposition and ancillary data from Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mississippi, from July 2018 to January 2020: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Net Sedimentation Tile --- Geology
Other --- --- ---
Grab Sampler --- Biology
Push Corer --- Geology
Sediment Trap --- Geology
Other --- --- ---

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