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Date published: January 1, 2018

Field spectra from the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, WY, August 23, 2015

Field spectra were collected from the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, WY, August 23, 2015, to support research on remote sensing of rivers. Reflectance measurements were made from a raft in the Swallow Bend reach of the Snake River using an Analytical Spectral Devices FieldSpec3 spectroradiometer operated in reflectance mode. The depth at each spectral measurement location was i

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing data collected along the Quashnet River, Mashpee/Falmouth MA

Heat is used as a tracer for a variety of physical hydrogeological process. Several types of instruments are used to measure the temperature of surface water and saturated sediments. In the Quashnet River we have been using methods that include: infrared, individual logging thermistors, and fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing. The latter type of data (FO_DTS) are described and p

Date published: January 1, 2018

SEAWAT model used to evaluate water management issues in the Santa Barbara and Foothill groundwater basins, California

The city of Santa Barbara, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) California Water Science Center,
developed a three-dimensional density-dependent groundwater-flow and solute-transport model (the Santa Barbara
Flow and Transport Model, or SBFTM), based on an existing groundwater-flow model, to simulate seawater intrusion
into the Santa Barbara basin under

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

DDT and related compounds in pore water of shallow sediments on the Palos Verdes Shelf, CA

For nearly two and a half decades following World War II, production wastes from the world’s largest manufacturer of technical DDT were discharged into sewers of Los Angeles County. Following treatment, the wastes were released via a submarine outfall system to nearshore coastal waters where a portion accumulated in shallow sediments of the Palos Verdes Shelf (PVS). An investigat

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

MODFLOW-NWT model of the glacial aquifer system north of Aberdeen, South Dakota, through water year 2015

A previously developed three-dimensional groundwater flow model
(https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20125183) of the three primary aquifers
in the region north of Aberdeen, South Dakota, was revised to
assist the City of Aberdeen with water-resource planning. The
principal aquifers are the Elm, Middle James, and Deep James....

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Field spectra from a tracer dye experiment on the Kootenai River, ID, September 27, 2017

Field spectra were collected from the Kootenai River in northern Idaho during a tracer dye experiment on September 25, 2017, to assess the potential for inferring concentrations of Rhodamine WT dye from remotely sensed data. Reflectance measurements were made from a boat near the confluence with Ball Creek with the Kootenai River using an Analytical Spectral Devices FieldSpec3 spectroradiomet...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Natural gradient, lakebed tracer tests using nitrite in a nitrate-contaminated groundwater discharge zone in Ashumet Pond, Massachusetts

The U.S. Geological Survey Toxic Substances Hydrology Program at Cape Cod has been investigating the fate and transport of a treated-wastewater, groundwater contaminant plume. A portion of the contaminated groundwater discharges into Ashumet Pond, a kettle hole, freshwater lake. A study was conducted from June 2013 to June 2015 to document transport, transformation, and discharge of d

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

MODFLOW-NWT data sets for simulation of Effects of Surface-Water and Groundwater Inflows and Outflows on the Hydrology of the Tsala Apopka Lake Basin in Citrus County, Florida

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Water Management District,
calibrated a model to quantify the inflows and outflows in the Floral City, Inverness, and Hernando
pools of the Tsala Apopka Lake basin in Citrus County, Florida. The calibrated model, which uses
MODFLOW-NWT version 1.1.2, simulates hydrologic changes in pool stages, groundwa

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Tables and charts for isotope-abundance variations and atomic weights of selected elements: 2016 (Ver. 1.1, May 2018)

Twelve chemical elements have intervals for their standard atomic weights, namely hydrogen, lithium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, chlorine, bromine and thallium. Isotopic abundances, isotope-delta values, and atomic weights for each of the lower and upper bounds of materials and compounds of these 12 elements are tabulated. Version 1.1 is

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Data from a flume investigation using Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FO-DTS), U.S. Geological Survey Geomorphology and Sediment Transport Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, spring 2018

Evaluating technologies and approaches to detect the infiltration of fines into coarser materials has implications for monitoring the condition of habitat restoration sites. This goal motivated testing the efficacy of Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (FO-DTS) as a technique for detecting the infiltration of fine sediment into gravels. Experiments were conducted in a laboratory flum...

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Transient Electromagnetics, Passive Seismic, and Borehole Electromagnetics, Gamma, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Methods to Characterize Glacial Sediments in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Near Nantucket Sound

In March 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey drilled a borehole, MA-FSW-750, through the unconsolidated sediments and 1.5 m into the bedrock in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, to improve understanding of the glacial history and hydrologic properties of the Cape Cod aquifer. Polyvinyl casing was set through the overburden and into the bedrock. About 10 days after borehole MA-FSW-750 was dri

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: January 1, 2018

Physical and Hydraulic Properties at Recently Burned and Long-Unburned Boreal Forest Areas in Interior Alaska, USA

This dataset includes physical and hydraulic properties at selected sites in interior Alaska. Physical properties include dry bulk density, loss on ignition, saturated soil water content, and particle size distribution. Hydraulic properties include field-saturated hydraulic conductivity, soil-water retention data, and parameters used in a common soil-water retention model (van Genucht

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