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Oceanographic measurements obtained offshore of the Elwha River delta in coordination with the Elwha River Restoration Project, Washington, USA, 2010-2014

June 11, 2018

Time-series data of velocity, pressure, turbidity, conductivity, and temperature were collected near the mouth of the Elwha River, Washington, USA, from December 2010 through October 2014, for the Department of Interiors Elwha River Restoration project. As part of this project, the U.S. Geological Survey studied the effects of renewed sediment supplies on the coastal ecosystems before, during, and following the removal of two dams, Elwha and Glines Canyon, from the Elwha River. Removal of the dams reintroduced sediment stored in the reservoirs to the river, and the river moved much of this sediment to the coast.

Several benthic tripods were instrumented with oceanographic sensors to collect the time-series data. Initial deployment in December 2010 consisted of one tripod about 1 km east of the Elwha River mouth (Tripod A). In March of 2011, an identical tripod (Tripod B) was placed about 1 km west of the river mouth. A mooring was added to the western site in July 2012 to measure turbidity and conductivity near the surface. A third tripod was placed in deeper water (50 m) directly offshore of the river mouth in an attempt to characterize sediment gravity flows near the seafloor if they occurred (Tripod C). Exceptional sedimentation was observed near the original tripod site A during the winter of 2013-2014. As a result, the tripod was relocated further east in April 2013 and renamed Tripod D.

Please check metadata and instrument information carefully for applicable time periods of specific data, as individual instrument deployment times and duration of the time series vary.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Oceanographic measurements obtained offshore of the Elwha River delta in coordination with the Elwha River Restoration Project, Washington, USA, 2010-2014
DOI 10.5066/F7CR5RW8
Authors Joanne C.T. Ferreira, Jonathan Warrick
Product Type Data Release
Record Source USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog
USGS Organization Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center