USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-023-FA

Other ID: OC387

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Page Valentine

Affiliate Investigator(s): WHOI: Hanu Singh, Cabell Davis, Scott Gallegher; SBNMS: James Lindholm

Information Specialist(s): Page Valentine

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Seabed photographic imagery and sidescan from AUVs for habitat mapping and classification.


Start Date: 2003-03-23

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 2003-03-26

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: ROV

Information to be Derived: Habitat maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Conducted 10 transects with the Seabed AUV over various seabed (habitat) types, including gravel, boulder reefs, mobile and immobile sand, and mud. AUV digital camera collected up to 2500 photos per transect. Original data (photos, depth, temp data) archived at the Deep Submergence Lab at WHOI.

Staff: Page Valentine, P. Soupy Alexander

Affiliate Staff:
Scientists and engineers from WHOI and SBNMS

Notes: This is an engineering cruise to test the capabilities of 2 AUVs and a benthic camera sled for benthic habitat mapping. Test sites will be located in the Stellwagen Bank NMS region.
Project = Stellwagen Bank NMS Habitat Mapping, Stellwagen Bank NMS Habitat Mapping


Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts, United States, North America, Gulf of Maine, North Atlantic,

North: 42.8 South: 42.08333 West: -70.0333 East: -70.6




Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
ROV --- Photo