Field Activity Details for field activity 1998-015-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Other ()

Principal Investigator(s): Page Valentine, William Schwab, Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): William Danforth

Data Type(s): Sonar: Single Beam, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

Start Date: 1998-10-27

End Date: 1998-11-24

Equipment Used: Loran-C, Echosounder, Sidescan sonar

Information to be Derived: Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter intensity

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Bathymetry and backscatter intensity of the sea floor collected using a Simrad EM1000 multibeam echosounder in Great South Channel, Hudson Shelf Valley, the Historic Area Remediation Site, and along the south coast of Long Island, New York

Staff: Page Valentine, E. Robert Thieler, William Schwab, Thomas O'Brien, Jane Denny, William Danforth, Bradford Butman

Affiliate Staff:
Larry Mayer - NOS; John Hughes-Clark - UNB

Notes: Cruise will be in three legs: (1) Hudson Shelf Valley; (2) southern shore of Long Island; (3) Great South Channel.


New York Bight, Great South Channel, Long Island Sound, Empire Knight, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, New York, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 44 South: 38.5 West: -75 East: -65


photo of Creed


Butman, B., Danforth, W.W., Knowles, S.C., May, B., and Serrett, L., 2002, Sea floor topography and backscatter intensity of the Historic Area Remediation Site (HARS), offshore of New York, based on multibeam surveys conducted in 1996, 1998, and 2000: URL:

Butman, B., Middleton, T.J., Thieler, E.R., and Schwab, W.C., 2003, Topography, shaded relief, and backscatter intensity of the Hudson Shelf Valley, offshore of New York: URL:

Butman, B.,, 2002, Mapping the sea floor of the Historic Area Remediation Site (HARS) offshore of New York City: April 2001 URL:

Pendleton, E.A., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Andrews, B.A., and Schwab, W.C., 2013, Shallow Geology, Sea-floor Texture, and Physiographic Provinces of the Inner Continental Shelf from Nahant to Northern Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts: URL:

Poppe, L.J., Paskevich, V.F., Butman, B., Ackerman, S.D., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., and Blackwood, D.S., 2006, Geological interpretation of bathymetric and backscatter imagery of the sea floor off eastern Cape Cod, Massachusetts: URL:

Schwab, W.C., Denny, J.F., Butman, B., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S, Swift, B.A., Lotto, L.L., Allison, M.A., and Thieler, E.R., 2000, Seafloor characterization offshore of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area using sidescan sonar: URL:

Valentine, P.C., Malczyk, J T, Middleton, T J,, 2003, Sea-floor topography of Quadrangle 2 in the Great South Channel, western Georges Bank: URL:

Valentine, P.C., Malczyk, J T, Middleton, T J,, 2003, Sun-illuminated sea-floor topography of Quadrangle 2 in the Great South Channel, western Georges Bank: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Loran-C --- Navigation
Echosounder --- Single Beam
Bathymetry GIS data ( )
Bathymetry GIS data 2 ( )
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
1998-015-FA-OFR2005-1048 ( SSS, BATHY, BOTTOM PHOTOS)

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program