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Palos Verdes Shelf 2004 deployment

Description: The sediments on the shelf off Palos Verdes CA are contaminated with large amounts of DDT. Moorings were deployed on the shelf in the winter of 2004 in part to determine how often coastal ocean processes move these sediments. This program was supported by the EPA in order to gather information that would help them determine the best way to remediate the contamination on this local continental shelf.

For more information about the original measurements made and samples collected for this experiment, see the description on the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center's site.

Duration: February - June 2004

USGS PIs: Marlene Noble, Jingping Xu and Chris Sherwood

Collaborators: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Publications: Noble, Marlene A.; Rosenberger, Kurt J.; Xu, Jingping; Signell, Richard P.; Steele, Alex, 2008. Connections Among the Spatial and Temporal Structures in Tidal Currents, Internal Bores, and Surficial Sediment Distributions Over the Shelf off Palos Verdes, California. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2008-5094 (Available online at:

Field Activity Reports: 04058, 04059, 04060, 04061 04062

Explore where measurements were made and the kinds of data collected during this
experiment using GoogleEarth (V4 or better required) and PV_SHELF04.kml.

Map of experiment locations

Links to the Data

Basic Sampling Interval Data access via THREDDS

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