USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-007-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: South Essex Sanctuary, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s): Diane Carle, MA CZM

Information Specialist(s): PARTNER

Data Type(s): Sonar: Interferometric, Sonar: Multibeam, Seismics: Boomer, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: High-resolution geologic mapping and characterization of the sea floor offshore of Massachusetts.


Start Date: 2003-09-22

Start Port/Location: Gloucester, MA

End Date: 2003-10-15

End Port/Location: Gloucester, MA

Equipment Used: Edgetech Sidescan sonar, Submetrix Sidescan sonar, SubX swath bathymetry, Boomer, Sidescan sonar, Real Time Kinematic GPS

Information to be Derived: Habitat maps; Sea floor map; Bathymetric maps; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Completed ~ 73% of survey between 22 Sep. and 15 Oct. 2003. Collected Swath bathymetry (depth and backscatter) with Submetrix, Seismic reflection with Knudsen, and sidescan imagery with DF1000. Plan to complete survey in Spring 2004.

Staff: Brian Andrews, William Danforth, Jane Denny, David Foster, Barry Irwin, David Nichols, Thomas O'Brien, Charles Worley, Ilya Buynevich

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Plan to complete survey in April 2004. Original Center People field contained: Barry Irwin (Capt); Dave Nichols (acq); Charles Worley (Capt,acq); Dave Foster (Capt); Thomas O'Brien (acq); Jane Denny (Co-PI, Proc); William Danforth (acq/proc); Ilya Buynevich (co-PI(unicorn)); Brian Andrews (acq/proc).
Project = South Essex Ocean Sanctuary, South Essex Ocean Sanctuary

Location Map:


photo of Rafael


Barnhardt, W.A., Andrews, Brian D., and Butman, Bradford, 2006, High-resolution geological mapping of the inner continental shelf; Nahant to Gloucester, Massachusetts: 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:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Edgetech Sidescan sonar ---
Submetrix Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
SubX swath bathymetry --- Interferometric
Boomer --- Boomer
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation