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Study Sites

  • Barnegat Bay

    Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor (BB-LEH) form a shallow, back-barrier estuary complex on the New Jersey coast.

  • Chandeleur Islands

    Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State of Louisiana initiated construction with BP funds of a sand berm to protect the Chandeleur Islands. The USGS deployed several oceanographic moorings to measure waves and currents near the Chandeleurs in 2010 and, as part of the Barrier Island Evolution Research project ( initiated measurements of waves and water levels on the island itself using inexpensive pressure gauges.

  • Connecticut River

    Funding by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with scientists at WHOI and Boston College has provided us an opportunity to investigate sediment trapping in the Connecticut River Estuary.

  • Great South Bay

    Great South Bay is a shallow, long, and narrow bay in the south shore of Long Island (NY). It is separated and protected from the North Atlantic by Fire Island with the main connection being bay and ocean being Fire Island Inlet.

  • Gulf of Maine

    The USGS has collaborated with researchers at WHOI and other institutions to studies the dynamics of harmful algae (Alexandrium fundyense) in the Gulf of Maine.

  • Hudson River

    We have collaborated with researchers from WHOI and the USGS Water Resources Division, with funding from the National Science Foundation and The Hudson River Foundation, to study transport deposition of fine sediment in the Hudson River Estuary.

  • Hudson Shelf Valley

    The 150-km-long Hudson Shelf Valley, the largest physiographic feature on the mid-Atlantic continental shelf, bisects the New York Bight region.

  • Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory

    We have conducted several projects at the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory in collaboration with researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of Maine, Dalhousie University, and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography.

  • Palos Verdes Superfund Investigations

    Sediment on the Palos Verdes Shelf near Los Angeles is contaminated with DDT and PCBs discharged from sewer outfalls. Since 1991, the USGS has been studying this deposit and the sedimentary and biogeochemical processes that are controlling the evolution of this deposit. The most recent work has been associated with US EPA Superfund Investigations and has focused on remediation of the site.

  • West Falmouth Harbor

    Buzzards Bay and West Falmouth Harbor (WFH) are estuarine embayments on the western edge of Cape Cod. The input of freshwater on the eastern margin of Buzzards Bay adjacent to Cape Cod and West Falmouth Harbor is largely due to groundwater, some of which is enriched in nutrient discharge from the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment facility. WFH is an ideal site for studying shallow estuarine dynamics and eutrophication. The USGS has conducted field measurements of water levels, circulation, nutrients, water-column properties, and seagrass distributions in collaboration with researchers from Cornell University and the Marine Biological Laboratory, and has implemented numerical models of circulation, seagrass ecology, and water-column optics here.


Northeast Coast Sites

Northeast Coast Sites


West Coast Sites

West Coast Sites


Gulf Coast Sites

Gulf Coast Sites



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