Field Activity Details for field activity 2010-033-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Lawrence Poppe

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Dann Blackwood, Lawrence Poppe

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Biological Field Study: Surveys, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Ground-truth NOAA multibeam surveys H11922 and H11996 in Rhode Island Sound.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2010-07-21

End Date: 2010-07-23

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Digital camera, DGPS

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Barry Irwin, Katherine McMullen

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Ground truthing will be done with the small SEABOSS. Platform will be the R/V RAFAEL.
Project = Sea and Lake Floor Mapping: Data off Cape Cod, Sea and Lake Floor Mapping: Data off Cape Cod


Rhode Island Sound, Rhode Island, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.37269 South: 41.20759 West: -71.543 East: -70.8728


photo of Rafael


McMullen, K.Y., and Poppe, L.J, Geologic Mapping Offshore of Rhode Island: .

McMullen, K.Y., Poppe, L.J., Ackerman, S.D., Blackwood, D.S., Schaer, J.D., Nadeau, M.A., and Wood, D.A., 2011, Surficial geology of the sea floor in central Rhode Island Sound, southeast of Point Judith, Rhode Island: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1005, URL:

McMullen, K.Y., Poppe, L.J., and Parker, C.E., 2015, Character, Distribution, and Ecological Significance of Storm-Wave Induced Scour in Rhode Island Sound, USA: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 35 no. 2, pp. 135–144, doi: 10.1007/s00367-014-0392-0.

Poppe, L.J., and McMullen, K.Y., , 2014 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI. Honolulu, HI, February 23-28, 2014.

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Ackerman, S.D., Blackwood, D.S., Irwin, B.J., Schaer, J.D., and Forrest, M.R., 2011, Sea-Floor Geology and Character of Eastern Rhode Island Sound West of Gay Head, Massachusetts: U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1004, DVD-Rom and online, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBOSS --- Experiments
Species ID
2010-033-FA-VD-001 ( Hi8 Video tapes of sea-floor video from the SEABOSS system.)
2010-033-FA-VD-002 ( Video DVDs of sea-floor video from the SEABOSS system. The DVD's are a better data source than Hi8 tapes.)
2010-033-FA-NL-001 ( SEABOSS-Video/Camera/Sample Log.)
Digital camera --- Photo
2010-033-FA-PH-002 ( Photos of deck operations)
DGPS --- Navigation

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program