Tower Deployment: YR160330 to YR160520, ADV, Clay Bank, York River Virginia

Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics (CHSD)

Publication Date


Spatial Information

All samples contained within (37º39’N, 76º54’W), (37º16’N, 76º20’W), (37º8’N, 76º24’W), (37º34’N, 76º0’W)Tower Coordinates:Tower 1: Built November, 2008, destroyed during a winter storm 2015: (37º 20.506‘ N, -76º 37.475’ W)Tower 2: Rebuilt July, 2015, destroyed during a winter storm 2018: (37º 20.586‘ N, -76º 37.543’ W)This data was collected at Tower 2.


Dataset consists of data collected during a tower deployment of four Nortek Vector ADV sensors which were mounted at different depths in the water column to monitor suspended sediment concentrations and sizes. Conductivity and temperature were also monitored at corresponding depths.


ADV towers were deployed for a prolonged amount of time to monitor suspended sediment fluxes as well as conductivity and temperature. Because the towers were deployed for longer periods of time, biofouling did occur. To combat biofouling, the ADVs were treated with Interlux Trilux 33 antifouling paint, including a thin coat of over the acoustic sensors. This thin layer of paint had a negligible effect on the acoustic data collected by the ADV. The structure itself was painted with Interlux MicronCSC anti-fouling paint and all instrument bodies were wrapped in cellophane and electrical tape for easy removal of biofouling. It should be noted that data occurring closer to the start date of the deployment is more reliable than data collected later in the deployment. Any excessive biofouling of the tower should be listed in the logbook during retrieval.



Sediment transport, suspended sediment, ADV, acoustic Doppler velocimeter, CTD, conductivity, temperature, depth

Associated Publications

Master Sampling Spreadsheet and Timeline for MUDBED Project

Tripod Deployment: YR160328 to YR160520, ADV, Clay Bank, York River Virginia

Publication Statement

Grace M. Massey ORCID ID: 0000-0001-7936-1586

Kelsey A. Fall ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5496-433X

Carl T. Friedrichs ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1810-900X


NSF grants OCE-0536572, OCE-1061781, and OCE-1459708