Research Archive: Tracking and Mapping the Movement of Water Within an Inter-Pier Area

Using drogues designed to move with currents at various depths, this study plots water circulation patterns in the embayment between Pier 26 and Pier 32 under varying conditions such as phases of the moon, droughts, floods, and storm surges. This is a companion study to the Human Pathogens study, modeling the transport track of sewage overflows from an outfall in the area. The goal is to develop predictive capabilities for sewage dispersal.


Mike Ludwig, Ecologist, National Marine Fisheries Service