Data sources for both Humboldt Bay and littoral cell sediments are limited
with a few sites in and around the bay and beaches, but few comprehensive
surveys exist. Bodin (1982) probably best summarizes sediment characteristics
on the beaches, and Thompson (1971), Costa (1982b), and Gera (1973) have
surveyed sediments within the bay. Thompson's (1971) sediment distribution
map was general, as it was a study for the Petroleum Research Fund. Costa's
(1982) work was primarily limited to the bay channels.
Table 7 lists studies of beach processes. This table also refers to surveys for
in-bay sediments characteristics.
Studies on Beach Processes and Bay Sediments
"Recent Sediments of Humboldt Bay, Eureka,
"Sediment Distribution in Central Humboldt Bay
and Relationship to Bathymetry and
"Longshore and Seasonal Variations in Beach
Sand, Humboldt County, CA. Implications for
Bulk Longshore Transport Direction"
Humboldt State University
"Changes in Channel Sediment Characteristics,
1974, and 1980, Humboldt Bay, CA"
Costa (1982a, 1982b)
"Final Project Evaluation Report: Mad River
Borgeld, Scalici, and Lorang (1993)
"The Migration of the Mad River Mouth and its
Erosional Impacts within the Humboldt Bay
Littoral Cell, Northern California"
Komar, Borgeld, and Allan (2000)
Chapter 3 Chronologies of Inlet Development