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Field Activities - May 2016

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Field Activity 2015-677-FA
Dates: November 12 to May 27
Location: Northern Monterey Bay, CA
Research Project: Pacific Coral Reef Geology and Oceanography
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Curt Storlazzi
Objectives: Collect tide and wave data at 3 wharves over the the 2015/16 El Nino winter. Collect hydrodynamic and suspended sediment data in a rippple-scour depression over the the 2015/16 El Nino winter.


Field Activity 2016-638-FA
Dates: Jaunary 01 to December 31
Location: Carmel River, California, USA
Research Project: Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Amy East
Objectives: Measure topographic profiles of the river channel.


Field Activity 2016-614-FA
Dates: Jaunary 26 to December 31
Location: Monterey Bay, California, United States, Pacific Ocean
Research Project: Climate Change Impacts to the U.S. Pacific and Arctic Coasts
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Jonathan Warrick
Objectives: To collect oblique aerial photographs and GPS data to develop topographic maps of coastal landforms (beaches and cliffs) from Structure-from-Motion (SfM)


Field Activity 2016-328-FA
Dates: March 28 to May 02
Location: Duck, NC, USA
Research Project: Hurricane Sandy - Impacts to and Vulnerability of Coastal Beaches
CMGP Center: St. Petesburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Jennifer Brown
Objectives: To collect field observations of wave runup and beach morphology during storms.


Field Activity 2016-015-FA
Dates: April 08 to November 30
Location: Sage Lot Pond, Mashpee, Massachusetts, United States
Research Project: Biogeochemistry, groundwater monitoring, and environmental assessment
CMGP Center: Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Kevin Kroeger, Meagan Gonneea
Objectives: Collect pore water and surface water samples, marsh cores and time-series water quality and flow data from Sage Lot Pond to examine environmental geochemistry and health of the estuary.


Field Activity 2016-623-FA
Dates: April 11 to June 14
Location: San Francisco Bay Delta, Little Holland Tract, California
Research Project: Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Jessica Lacy
Objectives: To improve the scientific basis for shallow water habitat restoration to support fisheries in the San Francisco Bay Delta, in collaboration with scientists from the CA Water Science Center.


Field Activity 2016-019-FA
Dates: April 15 to May 31
Location: Puerto Rico Trench, Northeast Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean
Research Project: Marine Geohazards Sources and Probability
CMGP Center: Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Uri Ten Brink, Nathaniel Miller
Objectives: Relocate earthquakes; map the shape of the downgoing slab


Field Activity 2016-615-FA
Dates: May 01 to May 13
Location: Ningaloo Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, Australia
Research Project: Other
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Curt Storlazzi
Objectives: Collect time series measurements on hydrodynamics and sediment transport over coral reefs


Field Activity 2016-005-FA
Dates: May 02 to May 13
Location: North of Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States, Atlantic Ocean
Research Project: Other
CMGP Center: Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: William Schwab, Laura Brothers
Objectives: To collect ground truth samples to help characterize the seafloor


Field Activity 2016-632-FA
Dates: May 02 to June 24
Location: San Pablo Bay in northern San Francisco Bay, CA, USA
Research Project: Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Jessica Lacy
Objectives: Investigate temporal variability in sediment resuspension in San Pablo Bay and sediment delivery to China Camp marsh.


Field Activity 2016-639-FA
Dates: May 03 to May 03
Location: Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA, California
Research Project: High Energy Active Margins
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Patrick Barnard
Objectives: Monitor changes in beach and subtidal sand volume and distribution


Field Activity 2016-622-FA
Dates: May 05 to May 11
Location: Nisqually River Delta, South Puget Sound, Washington, USA
Research Project: Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Renee Takesue
Objectives: Characterize sediment and eelgrass at the Nisqually Restoration Site, seven years after dike removal.


Field Activity 2016-320-FA
Dates: May 05 to May 08
Location: Northern Gulf of Mexico
Research Project: Other
CMGP Center: St. Petesburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Caitlin Reynolds
Objectives: To collect and redeploy an ongoing sediment trap. Also take a CTD cast.


Field Activity 2016-634-FA
Dates: May 08 to May 18
Location: Elwha River, Port Angeles, Washington
Research Project: Coastal Habitats in Puget Sound
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Jonathan Warrick, Melissa Foley
Objectives: Monitor the change in the river, estuary and nearshore following dam removal on the Elwha River


Field Activity 2016-012-FA
Dates: May 09 to May 21
Location: Stellwagen Bank NMS
Research Project: National Seafloor Mapping and Benthic Habitat Studies: Atlantic
CMGP Center: Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Page Valentine
Objectives: Collect seabed sediment samples for geological mapping project


Field Activity 2016-331-FA
Dates: May 10 to May 23
Location: Grand Bay, AL/MS
Research Project: Sea-level and Storm Impacts on Estuarine Environments and Shorelines - SSIEES
CMGP Center: St. Petesburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Kathryn E Smith, Christopher Smith, Stanley Locker, Nicole Khan
Objectives: To collect sediment cores and geophysical data to assess estuary history.


Field Activity 2016-008-FA
Dates: May 13 to May 21
Location: Virginia Coast
Research Project: Sea-level Rise Hazards and Decision Support
CMGP Center: Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: E. Robert Thieler
Objectives: biogeomorphic mapping of shorebird habitat


Field Activity 2016-017-FA
Dates: May 16 to May 27
Location: Town Neck Beach, Sandwich
Research Project: Other
CMGP Center: Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Christopher Sherwood
Objectives: Bathymetric, backscatter and sub-bottom mapping offshore of Town Neck Beach (


Field Activity 2016-330-FA
Dates: May 16 to May 28
Location: St John, USVI
Research Project: Other
CMGP Center: St. Petesburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Kimberly Yates
Objectives: Collect high resolution geochemistry and hydrodynamic data


Field Activity 2016-625-FA
Dates: May 17 to June 12
Location: Southeastern Alaska
Research Project: Coastal and marine earthquake, tsunami, and landslide active margin field studies
CMGP Center: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Chief Scientist: Daniel Brothers
Objectives: Seismic and tsunamigenic hazard assessment along the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System in southeastern Alaska. This fault has generated more than 6 magnitude and+ earthquakes in the last 150 years. Very little modern marine geophysical data exist along its length.


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