USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2007-039-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): William Danforth, Richard Signell

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): William Danforth

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sonar: Single Beam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Completely map the bathymetry surrounding the shoal Middle Ground in Vineyard Sound using swath bathymetric methods.


Start Date: 2007-10-31

Start Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

End Date: 2007-10-31

End Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

Equipment Used: Echosounder, DGPS, Sidescan sonar

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map; Bathymetric maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected 13 lines of swath bathymetric data using the SEA SwathPlus system aboard the R/V RAFAEL.

Staff: William Danforth, Barry Irwin, Richard Signell, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = Community Sediment Transport Modeling, Community Sediment Transport Modeling

Location Map:


photo of Rafael


Pendleton, E.A., Andrews, B.D., Danforth, W.W., and Foster, D.S, 2014, High-Resolution Geophysical Data From Sand Shoals of Vineyard Sound and the Sea Floor Surrounding the Eastern Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1020, doi: 10.3133/ofr20131020.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Echosounder --- Single Beam
DGPS --- Navigation
2007-039-FA-LN-001 ( Navigation data: x, y, z coordinates for 10/31/07 taken every second; stored in an Excel spreadsheet.)
Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan