data-collection effort conducted by Costa and Stork (1984), and in the Wetlands
and Baylands report by Shapiro and Associates (1980) for the San Francisco
District. Some models have been completed that provide additional information
on the circulation of the bay, including reports by Comozzi, Grimes, and
Rajapakse (1997); Evans (1994); and West Consultants (1999).
Table 6 lists physical oceanographic studies that are based on field data
collection. Also presented are hydrodynamic modeling studies. Other reports
written over the years essentially cite the same information contained in the
Studies on Physical Oceanography
"Circulation, Water Quality, and
Gast and Skeesick (1964)
Sedimentation of Humboldt Bay, CA"
"Physical Dynamics of Arcata Bay"
Casebeir and Tamil (1973)
"Hydrographic Structure of North Humboldt
"Humboldt Bay Wetlands Review and
Shapiro and Associates (1980)
"The Physical Oceanography of Humboldt
Costa (1982a, 1982b)
"Prototype Data Collection for Humboldt Bay,
Costa and Stork (1984)
"Tidal Pumping in Humboldt Bay"
Cooper and Fredrick (1985)
"Effect of Groin Extensions and Sediment
Deposited at Buhne Point on the Ebb Tidal
Current Circulation in Entrance Bay,
Humboldt Bay, CA"
"Humboldt Bay Hydrodynamic and
"Hydrodynamic, Sedimentation and Bridge
Scour Analyses of Samoa Channel, Middle
West Consultants, Inc. (1999)
Channel, and Eureka Channel Bridges,
Humboldt Bay, CA"
Beach processes and bay sediments
Few studies have been performed on the littoral cells along the Humboldt
County coastline. Bascom (1980) describes classic field measurements of
offshore profiles in response to waves performed in the late 1940s, and a few
profile surveys were made near Humboldt Bay at Table Bluff (Isaacs 1947;
Stump and Bascom 1947; see review by Kraus, Wiegel, and Bascom 1996).
They recorded vertical changes of as much as 23 ft in response to a single storm.
More recent studies include a beach material textural and mineralogical study by
Bodin (1982), and some recent studies concerning the Mad River to the north of
the Inlet by Borgeld, Scalici, and Lorang (1993) and Komar, Borgeld, and Allan
Chapter 3 Chronologies of Inlet Development