Observation of Sediment Resuspension in Old Tampa Bay, Florida

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by David H. Schoellhamer, U.S. Geological Survey, Tampa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering:

Abstract: Equipment and methodology have been developed to monitor sediment resuspension at two sites in Old Tampa Bay. Velocities are measured with electromagnetic current meters and suspended solids and turbidity are monitored with optical backscatterance sensors. In late November 1989, a vertical array of instrument pairs was deployed from a permanent platform at a deep-water site, and a submersible instrument package with a single pair of instruments was deployed at a shallow-water site. Wind waves caused resuspension at the shallow-water site, but not at the deeper platform site, and spring tidal currents did not cause resuspension at either site.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Bays | Wind waves | Tides | Ocean currents | Shallow water | Turbidity | Equipment and machinery | North America | Florida | United States | Tampa

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