San Francisco Bay geomorphology

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This research is part of the project “Sediment Transport in Coastal Environments

The primary objective of this task is to develop tools for predicting the long-term geomorphic evolution of estuaries.

Sediment core and historical change analysis will be used in combination with interpretation of high-resolution seismic profiles to develop tools for predicting geomorphic evolution of estuaries. Historical change analysis will use hydrographic and lidar data. Longer-term data will be derived from sediment cores.

Illustration showing the contours of the bay floor underwater and the relief of surrounding hills, and dots.

Locations of sediment samples collected by the USGS in winter 2008 within the San Francisco Bay study area, used to groundtruth acoustic data interpretations.