USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2007-004-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Investigator(s): NOAA-PMEL

Information Specialist(s): William Danforth

Data Type(s): Sonar: Multibeam, Environmental Data: Temperature, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sea floor mapping of the Mona Passage using multibeam sonar. Deploy 5 OBSes in the Puerto Rico Trench.


Start Port/Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

End Port/Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Start Date: 2007-03-14

End Date: 2007-03-26

Equipment Used: DGPS, XBT, Simrad EM1002

Information to be Derived: Bathymetric maps; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected over 4200 km2 of multibeam bathymetry data at a grid spacing of 30 m.

Staff: Brian Andrews, William Danforth, Claudia Flores, Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Staff:
Christopher Chamberlin - NOAA PMEL/JISAO
Brooke McMahon - NOAA PHB
Kelly Carrignan - NOAA NGDC/CIRES
Jason Chaytor - WHOI/USGS post-doc

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Uri ten Brink - Chief Scientist; William Danforth; Brian Andrews; Claudia Flores.
Project = Tsunami and earthquake hazards in the NE Caribbean, Tsunami and earthquake hazards in the NE Caribbean


Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic, northeast Caribbean, North Atlantic;

North: 19 South: 17.83333 West: -68.6667 East: -67


photo of Nancy Foster
Nancy Foster


Andrews, B.D., ten Brink, U.S., Danforth, W., Chaytor, J.D., Granja-Bruna, J.L., and Carbo-Gorosabel, A., 2014, Bathymetric Terrain Model of the Puerto Rico Trench and Northeast Caribbean Region for Marine Geological Investigations. doi: 10.3133/ofr20131125.

Lopez-Venegas, A.M., ten Brink, U.S., and Geist, E.L., 2008, Submarine landslide as the source for the October 11, 1918 Mona Passage tsunami; observations and modeling: Marine Geology, v. 254 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.05.001.

ten Brink, U.S., Marshak, Stephen, and Granja Bruna, Jose-Luis, 2009, Bivergent thrust wedges surrounding oceanic island arcs; insight from observations and sandbox models of the northeastern Caribbean plate: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121 no. 11-12, doi: 10.1130/B26512.1.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Simrad EM1002 --- Multibeam
XBT --- Temperature
DGPS --- Navigation