Collecting nearshore bathymetry data off Rio del Mar

A person navigates a personal watercraft in the nearshore with coastal bluffs in the background.

Detailed Description

A USGS scientist navigates a personal watercraft equipped with sonar and GPS to collect depth information (bathymetry) of the nearshore. This mapping effort is part of recurring surveys in the Monterey Bay area. Data from these surveys help the USGS understand how sand moves around the Bay, how the beaches, inlets, harbors, and other coastal features change with storms and the seasons, and how the local community may be impacted.


Image Dimensions: 4032 x 3024

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Location Taken: Rio del Mar, CA, US