Open-File Report 2015–1072
Suspended-sediment transport is a critical element controlling the geomorphology of tidal wetland complexes. Wetlands rely on organic material and inorganic sediment deposition to maintain their elevation relative to sea level. The U.S. Geological Survey performed observational deployments to measure suspended-sediment concentration and water flow rates in the tidal channels of the wetlands in the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine. The objective was to characterize the sediment-transport mechanisms that contribute to the net sediment budget of the wetland complex. We deployed a meteorological tower, optical turbidity sensors, and acoustic velocity meters at sites on Stephens Brook and the Ogunquit River between March 27 and December 9, 2013. This report presents the time-series oceanographic and atmospheric data collected during those field studies. The oceanographic parameters include water velocity, depth, turbidity, salinity, temperature, and pH. The atmospheric parameters include wind direction, speed, and gust; air temperature; air pressure; relative humidity; short wave radiation; and photosynthetically active radiation.
First posted May 6, 2015
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Montgomery, E.T., Ganju, N.K., Dickhudt, P.J., Borden, Jonathan, Martini, M.A., and Brosnahan. S.M., 2015, Summary of oceanographic and water-quality measurements in Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Wells, Maine, in 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1072, 18 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151072.
ISSN 2331-1258 (online)
Appendix 1. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Transects at the Bourne Avenue Site (Mooring 954) at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine, in April 2013
Appendix 2. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Transects at the Bourne Avenue Site (Mooring 954) at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine, in May 2013
Appendix 3. Channel Geometry at the Furbish Road Site (Mooring 953) at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, Maine