USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

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):

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

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Jessica Baker, William Danforth

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter.


Start Date: 1998-10-27

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1998-11-24

End Port/Location: Provincetown, MA

Equipment Used: Echosounder, Loran-C, Sidescan sonar

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

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

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: 41.14557 South: 39.58876 West: -74.0918 East: -71.74072


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:

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: .

Valentine, P.C., Middleton, T J, Malczyk, J T,, 2003, Sea-floor topography of Quadrangle 1 in the Great South Channel, western Georges Bank: .


Data Acquired

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