Field Activity Details for field activity 2011-002-FA

Other ID: NBP-1103

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Affiliate Investigator(s): Laura Robinson, WHOI and Bristol University UK

Information Specialist(s): Kathryn Scanlon Catanach

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Multibeam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect multibeam bathymetry and seafloor photos to map and characterize possible cold-water coral habitats in the Drake Passage area. Fossil and live corals will be collected by dredge and trawl for paleoclimate and biologic studies. All data will be archived at WHOI and will be the responsiblity of Principal Investigator Dr. Laura Robinson. USGS (Scanlon) will have access to data for collaborative studies.


Start Port/Location: Punta Arenas, Chile

End Port/Location: Punta Arenas, Chile

Start Date: 2011-05-09

End Date: 2011-06-11

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Corer - gravity, CTD, Camera- deep sea, Trawl, Multibeam swath bathymetry, Knudsen echo sounder 320B/R

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis;Grain size analysis;Bathymetric maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Multibeam data, biological samples, fossil coral samples, rock samples, and photographic data were collected from sites in the Drake Passage between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sites ranged from shelf edge to deep ocean and included the following areas: Burdwood Bank, Shackleton Fracture Zone, West Antarctic Peninsula Shelf, Interim Seamount, Sars Seamount, and Cape Horn Shelf. In addition, 6 CTDs and 6 sediment cores were collected. Data collection on this cruise adds to the field work begun on NBP-0805 (2008-004-FA)cruise in 2008.


Affiliate Staff:
Laura Robinson
WHOI / Bristol University UK Rhian Waller
University of Maine Tina Van de Flierdt
Imperial College UK Ben Pietro
WHOI Marshall Swartz
WHOI Mercer Brugler
American Museum of Natural History Kais Mohamed Falcon
WHOI Kate Hendry
WHOI Michelle Taylor
Oxford University UK Mariana Escolar
Argentina Andrea Burke
WHOI David Case
Caltech Suzanne Jennions
University of Bristol UK Dr. Eric Pante
University of Louisiana Christopher Roy
University of Maine Shannon Hoy
College of Charleston Andrew Margolin
University of Colorado John Swartz
Pittsburg University Sebastian Velez
University of Maine

Notes: No data archived at USGS. All data will be archived at WHOI and will be the responsiblity of Principal Investigator Dr. Laura Robinson. USGS (Scanlon) will have access to data for collaborative studies.
Project = Drake Passage Habitats,


North: -52.48278 South: -65.51296 West: -79.1016 East: -49.21875


photo of Nathaniel B Palmer
Nathaniel B Palmer


Hoy, S., and Scanlon, K.M, 2012, New Exploratory Multibeam Data in the Drake Passage [abs.]: , 2012 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT, February 20-24, 2012.

Scanlon, K.M., Waller, R.G., Hoy, S., and Robinson, L.F., 2012, Multibeam bathymetry maps of cold-water coral reef hot spots in the Drake Passage [abs.]: , GeoHab 2012.

Waller, R.G., Robinson, L.F., and Scanlon, K.M., 2012, Southern Ocean Corals: Surprising diversity and abundance [abs.]: , 5th International Deep-Sea Coral Symposium. Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1-7, 2012.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Knudsen echo sounder 320B/R --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Multibeam swath bathymetry --- Multibeam
Trawl --- Biology
Corer - gravity --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program