USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1996-047-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s): Rob Thieler, Orrin Pilkey - Duke

Information Specialist(s): E. Robert Thieler

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Assess changes to shoreface/inner shelf sediment distribution due to Hurricane Fran (landfall Cape Fear, North Carolina, 5 Sep., 1996). Resurvey Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Island, North Carolina to study areas using high-resolution sidescan sonar.


Start Date: 1996-09-10

Start Port/Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC

End Date: 1996-09-11

End Port/Location: Wrightsville Beach, NC

Equipment Used: Sidescan sonar, DGPS

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Reconnaissance sidescan indicates there were moderate changes to shoreface sediment distribution. Sidescan sonar: 50 km.


Affiliate Staff:
Rob Thieler
Ch. Sci. - Duke; Neal Gielstra
tech. - CCU



Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island, North Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 34.5 South: 34.1 West: -77.85 East: -77.5


Rita's Ride



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
1996-047-FA-SO-001 ( Digital tape(s) of SSS L2-8, SSS 8A,9-10, SSS L11-13, SSS L14-19, SSS L2-19, )
DGPS --- Navigation
1996-047-FA-LN-001 ( Sidescan survey trackmap, RITA'S RIDE, September 10-11, 1996, Wrightsville Beach (map 1) and Top Sail Island (map 2), NC, post-Hurricane Fran.)