Description: Very complex sediment-distribution
patterns are found on the
continental shelf of Santa Monica Bay. In the winters of 1998, 1999 and 2000,
a series of moorings were deployed to understand how coastal ocean processes that move sediments change with location on the shelf. It was discovered that internal bores found near the shelf break have bottom currents strong enough to remove all the fine material in the region.
Duration: Nov 1997 - Mar 2000
USGS Principal Investigator: Marlene Noble
Please use the following citation when referencing this dataset:
Noble, M.A. Martini, M.A.,Ferriera, J.T., Oceanographic Measurements-- Santa Monica Bay, California, 1997-2000: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://stellwagen.er.usgs.gov/southern_cal.html.