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Wind-wave and suspended-sediment data from Liberty Island and Little Holland Tract, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California (ver. 2.0, September 2019)


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Lacy, J.R., Carlson, E.M., and Ferreira, J.C.T., 2016, Wind-wave and sediment-transport time-series data from Liberty Island and Little Holland Tract, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, 2015-2017 (ver. 2.0, September 2019): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center to investigate the influence of wind waves on sediment dynamics in two flooded agricultural tracts in the northern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Little Holland Tract and Liberty Island. This effort is part of a large interdisciplinary study led by the USGS California Water Science Center and funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to investigate how shallow-water habitats in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta function and whether they provide good habitat for native fish species, including the Delta smelt. Elevated turbidity is a requirement for Delta smelt habitat, and turbidity is largely comprised of suspended sediment. Wind waves develop [...]

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These data will be used to determine the range of turbidity and suspended-sediment concentration (SSC) in Liberty Island and Little Holland Tract and the extent to which wind waves contribute to turbidity, to investigate physical attributes of flooded habitats that promote enhanced turbidity, and to evaluate the potential for flooded agricultural tracts to contribute to elevated turbidity in adjacent waters.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F73R0R07

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