USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2005-001-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Twichell

Affiliate Investigator(s): Linda Rowe, NOAA

Information Specialist(s): Brian Andrews

Data Type(s): Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Multibeam, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Photo

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map the sea floor and shallow stratigraphy of Apalachicola Bay using sidescan sonar, bathymetry and high-resolution seismic to determine the controls on the distribution of oyster beds.

Vehicle(s):

Start Date: 2005-03-17

Start Port/Location: Apalachicola, FL

End Date: 2005-04-14

End Port/Location: Apalachicola, FL

Equipment Used: Knudsen CHIRP Sub-bottom Profiler, Digital camera, SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Klein 595 100/500kHz sidescan sonar

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This first year of a two-year program to map the floor of Apalachicola Bay focused on the eastern part of the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve known as St. George Sound. Weather had a major impact on the amount of data collected during this field program. Because of the shallow depth of the bay (average depth 3 m), the sidescan sonar had to be towed close to the sea surface. When the wind exceeded approximately 15 kts the surface noise degraded the sidescan sonar imagery below an acceptable quality. The only areas not mapped were the crests of the oyster bars where water was less than 2 m deep, and a narrow band in the central part of the bay that could not be completed due to weather conditions. Sidescan sonar imagery, Submetrix bathymetry, and chirp sub-bottom profiles were collected simultaneously and were navigated using RTK DGPS. Tracklines were spaced 75-100 m apart and allowed complete sidescan sonar coverage, while the line spacing was such that, in these water depths, the interferometric bathymetry imaged 30-50% of the sea floor. Some parts of the floor of the bay were covered by muddy gas-charged sediment, and in these areas the sub-bottom penetration was minimal.

Staff: Charles Worley, David Nichols, Barry Irwin, William Danforth, Emile Bergeron, Brian Andrews

Affiliate Staff:
Data interpretation and ground truth operations: Linda Rowe
NOAA Coastal Services Center; Assist with operations and participate in ground truth studies: Director
Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Reserve

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Boat operator: Barry Irwin; Technicians: Chuck Worley, Emile Bergeron; Data processors: William Danforth, Brian Andrews; Transport: Barry Irwin, Dave Nichols.
Project = Geologic/habitat mapping in Apalachicola Bay, FL, Geologic/habitat mapping in Apalachicola Bay, FL

Location:

St. George Sound, eastern Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Apalachicola Bay, Florida, United States, Gulf of Mexico, North America, North Atlantic;

Boundaries
North: 29.86252999 South: 29.52266183 West: -84.7018 East: -84.16485596

Platform(s):

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Publications

Cross, V.A., Twichell, D.C., Foster, D.S., and O'Brien, T.F., 2012, Apalachicola Bay Interpreted Seismic Horizons and Updated IRIS Chirp Seismic-Reflection Data: URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2012/1003/.

Osterman, L.E., Twichell, David C., and Poore, Richard Z., 2009, Holocene evolution of Apalachicola Bay, Florida: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 29 no. 6, doi: 10.1007/s00367-009-0159-1.

Twichell, D., Edmiston, L., Andrews, B., Stevenson, W., Donoghue, J., Poore, R., and Osterman, L., 2010, Geologic controls on the recent evolution of oyster reefs in Apalachicola Bay and St. George Sound, Florida: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, v. 88 no. 3, pp. 385–394, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.04.019.

Twichell, D.C., Andrews, B.D., Edmiston, H.L., and Stevenson, W.R., 2007, Geophysical mapping of oyster habitats in a shallow estuary; Apalachicola Bay, Florida: URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1381/.

Twichell, D.C., Pendleton, E.A., Poore, R.Z., Osterman, L.E., and Kelso, K.W., 2009, Vibracore, radiocarbon, microfossil, and grain-size data from Apalachicola Bay, Florida: URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1031/.

Portals/Viewers

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Knudsen CHIRP Sub-bottom Profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Digital camera --- Photo
2005-001-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
Multibeam
Klein 595 100/500kHz sidescan sonar --- Sidescan