USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2006-016-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Woods Hole Passage, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Richard Signell

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jack Moakley, NOAA/NMFS

Information Specialist(s): Ellyn Montgomery

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Sampling: Geology, Environmental Data: Current

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Survey a previously observed sand wave field northwest of Great Ledge at slack low and slack high water to determine if these sand waves change during the tidal cycle.


Start Date: 2006-04-19

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 2006-04-19

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Simrad EM 3000, CTD, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Aanderaa Current Meter

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Two surveys of the sand wave field at the east end of Woods Hole Passage with the multibeam system were completed. Current measurement was attempted, and the results were good enough to obtain a mean velocity at flood. No grab samples were attempted. This trip was a good test of the new system on the GLORIA MICHELLE. We found there were still kinks to work out, but the data collected were adequate for basic assessment.

Staff: William Danforth, Ellyn Montgomery, Richard Signell

Affiliate Staff:
Tom Peltzer (NOAA
Mate); Mike Jechs (NOAA
Multibeam Tech.)


Location Map:


photo of Gloria Michelle
Gloria Michelle


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Simrad EM 3000 ---
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Aanderaa Current Meter --- Current