Evaluating the potential effects of hurricanes on long-term sediment accumulation in two micro-tidal sub-estuaries: Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Data Series 993
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Abstract

Barnegat Bay, located along the eastern shore of New Jersey, was significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) developed a multidisciplinary study of sediment transport and hydrodynamics to understand the mechanisms that govern estuarine and wetland responses to storm forcing. This report details the physical and chemical characteristics of surficial and downcore sediments from two areas within the bay. Eleven sites were sampled in both the central portion of the bay near Barnegat Inlet and in the southern portion of the bay in Little Egg Harbor. Laboratory analyses include Be-7, Pb-210, bulk density, porosity, x-radiographs, and grain-size distribution. These data will serve as a critical baseline dataset for understanding the current sedimentological regime and can be applied to future storms for understanding estuarine and wetland evolution.

This report serves as an archive for sedimentological and radiochemical data derived from the surface sediments and box cores. Downloadable data are available as Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, and JPEG files, and include sediment core data plots and x-radiographs, as well as physical-properties, grain-size, alpha-spectroscopy, and gamma-spectroscopy data. Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata are available for analytical datasets in the data downloads page of this report.

Suggested Citation

Marot, M.E., Smith, C.G., Ellis, A.M., and Wheaton, C.J., 2016, Evaluating the potential effects of hurricanes on long-term sediment accumulation in two micro-tidal sub-estuaries—Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, U.S.A.: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 993, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds993.

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Field Data Collection
  • Laboratory Methods and Analysis
  • Data Downloads
  • Abbreviations
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Evaluating the potential effects of hurricanes on long-term sediment accumulation in two micro-tidal sub-estuaries: Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Series title Data Series
Series number 993
DOI 10.3133/ds993
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description HTML Document
Country United States
State New Jersey
Other Geospatial Barnegat Bay, Little Egg Harbor
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y