Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center
Monterey Bay Studies
|1995 Current and Sediment Study in Monterey Canyon
Monterey Canyon Mooring Set-up
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The exact design of each mooring was specific to each measurement site, although there were many features common to each:
The types of current meters used were vector-averaging current meters (VACM) and vector-averaging current meters with attached transmissometer (VTCT) to record water clarity data. The meters measured the average current direction and speed every 15 minutes.
These instruments not only measured currents, but the individual meters were outfitted with different sensors to measure several variables at each site. These additional data types were collected:
An Anderson sediment trap 0.5-m in diameter was used to collect the resuspended sediment at each site. Intervalometers that dispense discrete layers of Teflon beads at a specified interval (1 month in this study) were used in many of the sediment traps to generate a time base for the resuspended sediment.
For additional information on this study, contact Marlene Noble