USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2005-045-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Puerto Rico trench, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): PARTNER

Data Type(s): Seismics: Ocean Bottom Seismometer

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Pick up ocean bottom seismometers.


Start Date: 2005-10-31

Start Port/Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

End Date: 2005-11-03

End Port/Location: St. George, Bermuda

Equipment Used: Ocean Bottom Seismometer

Information to be Derived: Time series data;Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Picked up 9 out of 10 OBSes. One OBS (#9; middle one north of the trench) did not respond despite 4 hours of efforts. Lithium battery pack of OBS #5 exploded on board ~36 hours after recovery following a slow undetected fire in the battery sphere. No injuries and no damage. Only partial data recovery from the remaining instruments because of programming error of the instruments prior to deployment.

Staff: Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Staff:
Stephanie Ross - WMCG; Vic Bender - WHOI; Dave DuBois - WHOI

Notes: Data Curator: IRIS-DMC.

Location Map:


photo of Weatherbird II
Weatherbird II


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Ocean Bottom Seismometer --- Ocean Bottom Seismometer