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Christopher R. Sherwood

  Chris Sherwood Contact Info

Research Interests



Sediment-Transport Applets



  Sediment Transport Measurements and Modeling    

Contact Info

Street Address

U. S. Geological Survey
384 Woods Hole Rd.
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1598 USA

E-mail Address
Web Site

Office Phone +1 508 457 2269
FAX Number +1 508 457 2310

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Research Interests

Long Range Goals

My education is in geological oceanography, and most of my experience is in modeling and making field measurements of suspended-sediment transport. My main research goal is to improve numerical models of sediment and contaminant transport by critically comparing them against careful field measurements.

Image of gravel with overlay of FORTRAN computer code

Community Coastal Sediment-Transport Model

The USGS is promoting a program to improve prediction of the transport, transformation, and fate of sediment and particle-bound nutrients and contaminants. Goals are to produce advanced numerical models and model infrastructure for coastal sediment transport that are scientifically sound, expertly coded, well tested, and suitable for use in both research and practical applications.



We deployed several instruments in the Adriatic Sea in November as part of the PASTA (Po and Apennine Sediment Transport and Accumulation) study. PASTA is one component of the Office of Naval Research's EuroSTRATAFORM program, which is using selected areas of the European continental margin to explore the fate of sediment particles from their source in rivers to their deposition on shallow deltas, on the continental shelf, and in deep-sea basins


Deploying Geoprobe tripod in the Adriatic Sea
Perspective view of seafloor off Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Shelf

Contamination of sediments on the PV shelf, in Santa Monica Bay, and off Huntington Beach is being investigated as part of a long-term USGS program in Southern California. My research has focused on sedimentary processes responsible for the evolution of the effluent-affected sediments on the PV shelf.

Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study

The Southwest Washington Coastal Erosion Study is a partnership between local communities, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the USGS to investigate causes of coastal erosion in the Columbia River littoral cell. I have been involved in collecting and analysing sediment-transport measurements off Grays Harbor, WA.

Clam's eye view of instrumented tripod deployed off Grays Harbor

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