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Data Series 744

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District

Summary of Suspended-Sediment Concentration Data, San Francisco Bay, California, Water Year 2009

By Paul A. Buchanan and Tara L. Morgan


Suspended-sediment concentration data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in San Francisco Bay during water year 2009 (October 1, 2008–September 30, 2009). Optical sensors and water samples were used to monitor suspended-sediment concentration at two sites in Suisun Bay, one site in San Pablo Bay, two sites in Central San Francisco Bay, and one site in South San Francisco Bay. Sensors were positioned at two depths at most sites to help define the vertical variability of suspended sediments. Water samples were collected periodically and analyzed for concentrations of suspended sediment. The results of the analyses were used to calibrate the output of the optical sensors so that a record of suspended-sediment concentrations could be derived. This report presents the data-collection methods used and summarizes, in graphs, the suspended-sediment concentration data collected from October 2008 through September 2009. Calibration curves and plots of the processed data for each sensor also are presented.

First posted March 15, 2013

For additional information contact:
Director, California Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
6000 J Street, Placer Hall
Sacramento, California 95819

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Suggested citation:

Buchanan, P.A., and Morgan, T.L., 2012, Summary of suspended-sediment concentration data, San Francisco Bay, California, water year 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 744, 26 p.






Sensor Calibration and Suspended-Sediment Concentration Data


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