USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2011-005-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Hurricane Sandy - Linking Coastal Processes and Vulnerability – Fire Island Regional Study (AE03FJ6)

Principal Investigator(s): William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Wayne Baldwin

Data Type(s): Sonar: Multibeam, Sonar: Interferometric, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map nearshore/shoreface off Fire Island National Seashore.


Start Date: 2011-05-18

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 2011-06-09

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: HYPACK, EdgeTech Subbottom 512i, SWATHplus-M 234 kHz

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Area of inner shelf/lower shorface offshore of Fire Island, NY mapped using 234 kHz inteferometric sonar and 5 Hz-12 kHz chirp subbottom profiler (water depths >~8m)

Staff: Charles Worley, Eric Moore, Emile Bergeron, Wayne Baldwin

Affiliate Staff:
Paul Gayes (Coastal Carolina University) Brian Johnson (Coastal Carolina University)

Notes: Barry Irwin, Cheryl Hapke, and Erika Lentz will provide shore support for navigation.
Project = Long Island Barrier Island,


Fire Island, New York, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 40.69313 South: 40.59727 West: -73.2733 East: -72.91351


photo of Scarlet Isabella
Scarlet Isabella


Denny, J.F., Schwab, W.C., Baldwin, W.E., Moore, E., and Bergeron, E., 2015, High-resolution geophysical data collected offshore of Fire Island, New York in 2011, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2011-005-FA. doi: 10.5066/F75X2704.

Goff, J.A., Flood, R.D., Austin, J.A., Schwab, W.C., Christensen, B., Browne, C.M., Denny, J.F., and Baldwin, W.E., 2015, The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Shoreface and Inner Shelf of Fire Island, New York: Large Bedform Migration and Limited Erosion: Continental Shelf Research, v. 98, pp. 13–25.

Schwab, W.C., Baldwin, W.E., and Denny, J.F., 2015, Maps Showing the Change in Modern Sediment Thickness on the Inner Continental Shelf Offshore of Fire Island, New York between 1996-1997 and 2011. doi: 10.3133/ofr20141238.

Schwab, W.C., Baldwin, W.E., Denny, J.F., Hapke, C.J., Gayes, P.T., List, J.H., and Warner, J.C., 2014, Modification of the Quaternary Stratigraphic Framework of the Inner-Continental Shelf Offshore of Fire Island by Holocene Marine Transgression: Marine Geology, v. 355, pp. 346–360.

Schwab, W.C., Baldwin, W.E., Hapke, C.J., Lentz, E.E., Gayes, P.T., Denny, J.F., List, J.H., and Warner, J.C., 2013, Geologic Evidence for Onshore Sediment Transport from the Inner-Continental Shelf: Fire Island, New York: Journal of Coastal Research, v. 29 no. 3, pp. 526–544.

Schwab, W.C., Denny, J.F., and Baldwin, W.E., 2015, Maps showing bathymetry and modern sediment thickness on the inner continental shelf offshore of Fire Island, New York: pre-Hurricane Sandy: doi: 10.3133/ofr20141203.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
HYPACK --- Navigation
EdgeTech Subbottom 512i --- Sub Bottom Profiler
SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric