USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-014-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Myrtle Beach, Long Bay, South Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Jane Denny

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Boomer, Sonar: Sidescan

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map the shallow geologic framework of the inner shelf south of Winyah Bay and off Folly Beach.


Start Date: 2002-06-03

Start Port/Location: Charleston, SC

End Date: 2002-06-18

End Port/Location: Moorhead City, NC

Equipment Used: Digital camera, DGPS, Boomer, Single channel hydrophone, Sidescan sonar

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The shallow sub-bottom and surficial geology were surveyed using seismic reflection, sidescan sonar, and bathymetric systems. Two areas were surveyed: a ~200 km2 area offshore of Folly Beach in central South Carolina, and a ~85 km2 area off of Winyah Bay in northern South Carolina.

Staff: Mark Capone, William Danforth, Jane Denny, Barry Irwin, Thomas O'Brien, William Schwab, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
Shawn Dadisman (data processing)

Notes: The bounds of the study area comprise the Folly Beach and Winyah Bay surveys. Original Center People field contained: Bill Schwab (PI), Jane Denny (data acquisition), Mark Capone (data processing), Bill Danforth (data processing), Tom O'Brien (Electronic Technician), Barry Irwin (mobilization), Chuck Worley (Electronic Technician).
Project = South Carolina Coastal Erosion Project, South Carolina Coastal Erosion Project

Location Map:


photo of Atlantic Surveyor
Atlantic Surveyor


Baldwin, W.E., Denny, J.F., Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P.T., Morton, R.A., and Driscoll, N.W., 2007, Geologic framework studies of South Carolina's Long Bay from Little River Inlet to Winyah Bay, 1999-2003; geospatial data release: URL:

Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P. T., Morton, R. A., Driscoll, N. W., Baldwin, W. E., Barnhardt, W. A., Denny, J. F., Harris, M. S., Katuna, M. P., Putney, T. R., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J. C., and Wright, E. E., 2009, Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina; the South Carolina coastal erosion study, Barnhardt, W.A. (ed.): 77 URL:

Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P.T., Morton, R.A., Driscoll, N.W., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Denny, J.F., Harris, M.S., Katuna, M.P., Putney, T.R., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J.C., and Wright, E.E., 2009, in Barnhardt, W.E., ed., Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina; the South Carolina coastal erosion study: URL:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Digital camera --- Photo
2002-014-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation
Boomer --- Boomer
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan