Marine geophysical data collected in a shallow back-barrier estuary, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey

Data Series 937
Prepared in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
By: , and 

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Abstract

In 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, began a multidisciplinary research project to better understand the water quality in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. This back-barrier estuary is experiencing degraded water quality, algal blooms, loss of seagrass, and increases in oxygen stress, macroalgae, stinging nettles, and brown tide. The spatial scale of the estuary and the scope of challenges within it necessitate a multidisciplinary approach that includes establishing the regional geology and the estuary’s physical characteristics and modeling how the estuary’s morphology interacts to affect its water quality. This report presents the data collected during this project for use in understanding the morphology and the distribution of sea-floor and sub-sea-floor sediments within Barnegat Bay, describes the methods used to collect and process those data, and includes links to the final processed datasets. These data can be used by scientists to understand the links between geomorphology, geologic framework, sediment transport, and estuarine water quality and circulation.

Suggested Citation

Andrews, B.D., Miselis, J.L., Danforth, W.W., Irwin, B.J., Worley, C.R., Bergeron, E.M., and Blackwood, D.S., 2016, Marine geophysical data collected in a shallow back-barrier estuary, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey (ver. 1.1, September 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 937, 15 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds937.

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Data Collection and Processing
  • Data Catalog 
  • Acknowledgments 
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Marine geophysical data collected in a shallow back-barrier estuary, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey
Series title Data Series
Series number 937
DOI 10.3133/ds937
Edition Version 1: Originally posted June 26, 2015; Version 1.1: September 2016
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description Report: iv, 15 p.; Downloads Directory
Country United States
State New Jersey
Other Geospatial Barnegat Bay
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y