A Multi-Disciplinary Investigation of the Nature and Predictability of Sediment Resuspension in Shallow Water: Its Effect on Water Column and Bottom Optical Properties
GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAINT PETERSBURG FL
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Our group is working towards an understanding of the forcing mechanisms on the inner west Florida shelf for particle erosion, vertical particle mixing, and sedimentation as well as the effects of these processes on the optical properties of the water column in terms of remote-sensing. We are relying upon the use of innovative sensor and sampling methodologies that provide synergy among the following optical and acoustical measurements of the distribution of suspended sediment, bottom albedo and microtopography, bottom type, bedforms, hydrodynamics, and particle dynamics. Measurements of forcing, observed both locally and from as far away as 60 km, will be related to observations of suspended particles and optical properties to evaluate short-term predictions of erosional potential, suspended sediment distributions, and the effect on the optical properties of the water column.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography