USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2010-021-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: New England continental slope, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Multichannel, Seismics: Sparker, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Image landslides and buried submarine canyons.


Start Date: 2010-05-22

Start Port/Location: Ocean City, MD

End Date: 2010-05-29

End Port/Location: Atlantic City, NJ

Equipment Used: DGPS, Multichannel seismics, Visual Mammal ID, Sparker system

Information to be Derived: Bathymetric maps; Morphology; Landslide and canyon development; Core siting

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Source: 6 kiloJoule Sparker, 6 tips, towed at 3 m depth. Receiver: 48-channel Geo-Eel seismic cable. 6.25 m group interval. Cable towed at 3-3.5 m depth. Shot interval: 6 sec. Recording interval: 1-0.5 msec. Record length: 4.5-5.5 sec.

Staff: Jason Chaytor, Claudia Flores

Affiliate Staff:
Mike Barth - contractor; Carol Reiss - marine mammal observer

Notes: Project = Potential Tsunami Sources, Potential Tsunami Sources

Location Map:


photo of Tiki XIV
Tiki XIV


Flores, C.H., Brothers, D.S., ten Brink, U.S., and Chaytor, J.D, 2011, New geophysical constraints on the stratigraphy and structure of the southern New England continental margin [abs.]: , 2011 Fall AGU Meeting. San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Multichannel seismics --- Multichannel
Visual Mammal ID --- Species ID
2010-021-FA-NL-001-01 ( Final protected species observer report. )
Sparker system --- Sparker