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This website describes several interdisciplinary projects that aim to quantify and understand estuarine processes through observations and numerical modeling. Both the spatial and temporal scales of these mechanisms are important, and therefore require modern instrumentation and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic models. These projects are led from the U.S. Geological Survey's Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, but are collaborative projects that include participation from other U.S. Geological Survey offices, other federal and state agencies, and academic institutions.

Recent Activities

Great South Bay and Jamaica Bay instrument servicing

Great South Bay and Jamaica Bay instrument deployment

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2017 conference presentations by Aretxabaleta, Ganju, Kalra, Nowacki:

Sound waves articles

New Personnel Contribute to USGS Studies on How Estuaries Respond to Storms, Sound Waves, May/June 2014.

Mapping, Measuring, and Modeling to Understand Water-Quality Dynamics in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary, New Jersey, Sound Waves, January/February 2013.

Hurricane Sandy Disrupts USGS Study of the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary in New Jersey, Provides Additional Research Opportunities, Sound Waves, January/February 2013.

Recent Publications

Nowacki, D.J., and Ganju, N.K., 2018, Storm impacts on hydrodynamics and suspended-sediment fluxes in a microtidal back-barrier estuary, Marine Geology, 404, 1-14

Leonardi, N., Carnacina, I., Donatelli, C., Ganju, N.K., Plater, A.J., Schuerch, M., and Temmerman, S., 2017, Dynamic interactions between coastal storms and salt marshes: a review. Geomorphology, 301, 92-107. 

Beudin, A., N. K. Ganju, Z. Defne, and A. L. Aretxabaleta 2017, Physical response of a back-barrier estuary to a post-tropical cyclone, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, 5888-5904, doi:10.1002/2016JC012344

Kalra, T. S., Aretxabaleta, A., Seshadri, P., Ganju, N. K., and Beudin, A., 2017, Sensitivity analysis of a coupled hydrodynamic-vegetation model using the Effectively Subsampled Quadratures method, Geoscientific Model Development, 10, 4511-4523. 

Nowacki, D.J., Beudin, A., and Ganju, N.K., 2017, Spectral wave dissipation by submerged aquatic vegetation in a back-barrier estuary, Limnology & Oceanography, doi:10.1002/lno.10456




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