USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2014-002-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Hurricane Sandy Studies in the Delmarva Peninsula (LQ00FKC)

Principal Investigator(s): Laura Brothers, E. Robert Thieler

Affiliate Investigator(s): Carter DuVal, Univ Delaware (grad student)

Information Specialist(s): Elizabeth Pendleton

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Current, Environmental Data: Wave, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Multichannel, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Interferometric, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Sound Velocity

Scientific Purpose/Goals: map inner shelf bathymetry, surficial sediment type, geologic framework


Start Date: 2014-06-16

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole (van mob); Ocean City, MD (people)

End Date: 2014-07-25

End Port/Location: Ocean City, MD (some gear, people); Woods Hole (van demob)

Equipment Used: ADCP, 600 kHz, ADCP 300 kHz, DGPS, Real Time Kinematic GPS, Grab sampler, Other, GeoEel 16-channel hydrophone, S-Boom seismic source, Klein 595 100/500kHz sidescan sonar, SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Sensor - MVP30

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map;Bathymetric maps;Seismic stratigraphic framework

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected swath bathymetry, sidescan sonar, chirp and multi-channel seismic reflection, bottom photos, sediment samples, and ADCP data

Staff: Seth Ackerman, Wayne Baldwin, Emile Bergeron, Laura Brothers, William Danforth, David Foster, Alexander Nichols, E. Robert Thieler, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Vans, winches, gear were loaded in Woods Hole on Friday 13 June. Final cruise mobilization Ocean City, MD was Monday 16 June. Initial cruise demob Ocean City, MD on Friday, 25 July. Vans, winches were unloaded Woods Hole on Monday, 28 July.

Crew change on Tuesday 01 July.

other equipment:
Klein 3000 Sidescan sonar 100 &500 kHz
Edgetech 512i subbottom profiler


Delmarva peninsula, United States, North America, North Atlantic

North: 38.58252594 South: 37.60552602 West: -75.7177 East: -74.84985266


photo of Scarlett Isabella
Scarlett Isabella


Brothers, L.L., Foster, D.S., Pendleton, E.A., and Thieler, E.R., Distribution of an Extensive Paleochannel Network Offshore of the Delmarva Peninsula. [abs.]: , GSA 2015 Fall Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD, November 1-4, 2015.

Brothers, L.L., Thieler, E.R., Pendleton, E., Foster, D., Danforth, W., Baldwin, W., and Ackerman, S, New Regional-Scale Geophysical Observations of the Delmarva Peninsula, U.S.A. Inner Continental Shelf [abs.]: , 2014 AGU Fall Meeting.

Brothers, L.L., Thieler, E.R., Pendleton, E.A., 2014, Hurricane Sandy: Linking Coastal Processes and Vulnerability along the Delmarva Peninsula: .

Pendleton, E., Ackerman, S., Baldwin, W., Danforth, W., Foster, D., Thieler, R., and Brothers, L., 2014, High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula 2014, USGS Field Activity 2014-002-FA: doi: 10.5066/F7MW2F60.

Pendleton, E.A., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S.,, Thieler, E.R., and Brothers, L.L, 2015, High-resolution geophysical data collected along the Delmarva Peninsula 2014, USGS Field Activity 2014-002-FA, version 2: doi: 10.5066/F7MW2F60.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
ADCP, 600 kHz --- Current
ADCP 300 kHz --- Current
DGPS --- Navigation
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
Grab sampler --- Biology
Other --- --- ---
GeoEel 16-channel hydrophone --- Multichannel
S-Boom seismic source --- Boomer
Klein 595 100/500kHz sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
Sensor - MVP30These data are collected to supply to swath interferometric raw data to correct for CTD changes (refraction) in the water columnSound Velocity