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):

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s): Diane Carle, MA CZM

Information Specialist(s): PARTNER

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

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: Single channel hydrophone, Submetrix Sidescan sonar, SubX swath bathymetry, Boomer, 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: Charles Worley, Thomas O'Brien, David Nichols, Barry Irwin, David Foster, Jane Denny, William Danforth, Ilya Buynevich, Brian Andrews

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


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

North: 42.59 South: 42.391 West: -70.9 East: -70.66


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:


FAN 2003-007-FA has data viewable in the GeoMappApp/Virtual Ocean applications. To view this data in these applications go to and See the instructions for locating USGS data in these applications. You can also view the imagery created from the SEGY data at

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Single channel hydrophone --- Air Gun / Water Gun
Bubble Gun
Sub Bottom Profiler
Boomer seismic data ( )
Submetrix Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
Sidescan mosaic ( )
SubX swath bathymetry --- Interferometric
Bathymetry GIS data ( )
Boomer --- Boomer
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation