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Data Series 808

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 2010

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 2010 (October 1, 2009–September 30, 2010). Turbidity sensors and water samples were used to monitor suspended-sediment concentration at two sites in Suisun Bay, one site in San Pablo Bay, three 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 turbidity sensors so that a record of suspended-sediment concentrations could be computed. This report presents the data-collection methods used and summarizes, in graphs, the suspended-sediment concentration data collected from October 2009 through September 2010. Calibration curves and plots of the processed data for each sensor also are presented.

First posted June 17, 2014

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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., 2014, Summary of suspended-sediment concentration data, San Francisco Bay, California, water year 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 808, 30 p.,

ISSN 2327-638X (online)




Instrument Description and Operation

Monitoring Sites

Water-Sample Collection

Data Processing

Calibration Data, Regression Model Development, and Computation of Suspended-Sediment Concentration Data

Calibration Remarks


References Cited

Appendix 1. San Francisco Bay Model Calibration Data

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