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U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time-Series Data Collection

Oceanographic measurements-- offshore Orange County, California, 2001-2003

Description: A large number of moorings were deployed in the summer of 2001 off
Huntington Beach CA to monitor coastal ocean process that transport suspended material across the shelf. This program was supported by the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) to determine if bacteria from their ocean outfall was responsible for the continuing contamination of local beaches. The study determined that OCSD's outfall was not the cause of beach contamination.

Duration: Jun 2001 - Jan 2003

USGS Principal Investigator: Marlene Noble

Collaborators: Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of Southern California (USC)


Noble, M. and X., J., eds., 2004, Huntington Beach Shoreline Contamination Investigation, Phase III, Final Report: Coastal Circulation and Transport Patterns: The Likelihood of OCSD's Plume Impacting Huntington Beach Shoreline: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1019.

Field Activity Reports: 2001-021-FA, 2001-050-FA, 2001-081-FA, 2002-019-FA, 2002-042-FA, 2002-065-FA

Revision History:

  • Original data publication prior to 2006

Please use the following citation when referencing this dataset:

Noble, M.A. Martini, M.A.,Ferriera, J.T.,Lightsom, F.L., Oceanographic Measurements-- offshore Orange County, California, 2001-2003: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Data Access

table imageCatalog of Data

Data Access via THREDDS (EPIC)

Data Access via THREDDS (CF)

Station Locations


For more detail about the measurements collected at each site, browse ORANGE_COUNTY.kml (using Google Earth).

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