Summary of Oceanographic and Water-Quality Measurements Offshore of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 2018

Open-File Report 2021-1014
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  • Data Releases:
    • USGS Data Release - Oceanographic and water quality measurements in the nearshore zone at Matanzas Inlet, Florida, January–April, 2018
    • USGS Data Release - Grain-size analysis data from sediment samples in support of oceanographic and water-quality measurements in the nearshore zone of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 2018
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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and technical staff deployed instrumented underwater platforms and buoys to collect oceanographic and atmospheric data at two sites near Matanzas Inlet, Florida, on January 24, 2018, and recovered them on April 13, 2018. Matanzas Inlet is a natural, unmaintained inlet on the Florida Atlantic coast that is well suited to study inlet and cross-shore processes. The two study sites were located offshore of the surf zone, in 9 and 15 meters of water depth, in a line perpendicular to the coast. A sea-floor platform was deployed at each site to measure ocean currents, wave motions, acoustic and optical backscatter, temperature, salinity, and pressure. The objective was to quantify the hydrodynamic forcing for sediment transport and the response to such forcing near the seabed in the vicinity of an unmaintained inlet.

Suggested Citation

Martini, M.A., Montgomery, E.T., Suttles, S.E., and Warner, J.C., 2021, Summary of oceanographic and water-quality measurements offshore of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1014, 21 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Site Description
  • Instruments
  • Data Processing
  • Results
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Burst Data, Matanzas Inlet, Florida, January–April 2018
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Summary of oceanographic and water-quality measurements offshore of Matanzas Inlet, Florida, 2018
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2021-1014
DOI 10.3133/ofr20211014
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Science Center
Description Report: viii, 21 p.; 2 Data Releases
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Matanzas Inlet
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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