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


Description: A series of studies to assess environmental hazards to petroleum development in the South Atlantic Bight. Long-term observations of currents and near-bottom processes to document the frequency and processes of near-bottom sediment transport along the U.S. east coast continental margin.

Duration: Aug 1977 - Nov 1978

USGS Principal Investigators: B. Butman and M. Noble

Collaborators: Bureau of Land Management (now Minerals Management Service)


Gelfenbaum, G. and M. A. Noble, 1993: Significant bed elevation changes related to Gulf Stream dynamics on the South Carolina continental shelf. Continental Shelf Research, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 385-405.

Noble, M. A. and G. Gelfenbaum, 1992: Seasonal fluctuations in sea level on the South Carolina shelf and their relationship to the Gulf Stream. Journal of Geophysical Research, V97, C6, p. 9521-9529.

Field Activity Reports: 1977-032-FA, 1978-002-FA, 1978-009-FA, 1978-018-FA, 1978-038-FA

Revision History:

  • Original data publication prior to 2006

Please use the following citation when referencing this dataset:

Butman, Bradford, Noble, M.A. Lightsom, F.L., Oceanographic Measurements-- South Atlantic Bight, 1977-1978: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Data Access

table imageCatalog of Data

Catalog of Data Averaged to Hourly

Data Access via THREDDS (EPIC)

Data Access via THREDDS (CF)

Station Locations


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

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