Cape Canaveral tracklines of geophysical data collected in 2016 by Coastal Carolina University

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Cape Canaveral tracklines of geophysical data collected in 2016 by Coastal Carolina University
A geophysical survey was conducted offshore Cape Canaveral, Florida by Coastal Carolina University offshore of Cape Canaveral, Florida using high-resolution chirp sub-bottom, multibeam bathymetry and side scan sonar (SSS) systems on June 13, 14, 16, and 17 of 2016. This USGS data release includes the resulting processed elevation point data (xyz), an interpolated digital elevation model (DEM), with processed backscatter, side scan sonar, and seismic chirp data.
Trackline files were recorded at the time of the survey using HYPACK, a marine surveying, positioning, and navigation software for data acquired by Coastal Carolina University (CCU).
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    Buster, Noreen A., 20170717, Cape Canaveral tracklines of geophysical data collected in 2016 by Coastal Carolina University: U.S. Geological Survey Data Release doi:10.5066/F7833Q8J.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.619468
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.438027
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 28.672442
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 28.382548
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Beginning_Date: 13-Jun-2016
    Ending_Date: 17-Jun-2016
    ground condition
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a Vector data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
      • string (55)
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
      Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: Universal Transverse Mercator
      UTM_Zone_Number: 17
      Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.999600
      Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -81.000000
      Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.000000
      False_Easting: 500000.000000
      False_Northing: 0.000000
      Planar coordinates are encoded using row and column
      Abscissae (x-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000000002220024164500956
      Ordinates (y-coordinates) are specified to the nearest 0.000000002220024164500956
      Planar coordinates are specified in meters
      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.000000.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257222101.
      Altitude_Datum_Name: North American Vertical Datum 1988
      Altitude_Resolution: 0.0001
      Altitude_Distance_Units: meters
      Altitude_Encoding_Method: Attribute values
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    Esri shapefile containing the survey tracklines for the entire geophysical data collection effort by Coastal Carolina University in June 2016 offshore Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Source: CCU)
    Internal feature number. (Source: Esri) Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
    Feature geometry. (Source: Esri) Polyline is the geometry type defining the features.
    Trackline number (Source: CCU) Trackline number
    Year data were collected (Source: CCU) 2016

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Noreen A. Buster
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
    U.S. Geological Survey, Coastal and Marine Geology Program, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?
    Noreen A. Buster
    U.S. Geological Survey - St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL

    (727) 502-8114 (voice)

Why was the data set created?

The purpose of the survey was to collect geophysical data in the shallow water (2-20 meters [m] water depth) off of Cape Canaveral, Florida, to better understand the linkages between geologic variability and the evolution and resiliency of the coastal system. Data were collected during USGS field activity number (FAN) 2016-342-FA. Additional survey and data details are available from the USGS Coastal and Marine Geoscience Data System (CMGDS) at,

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: 19-Jul-2016 (process 1 of 2)
    Navigation was extracted from the seismic data (raw SEG-Y format) and formatted for input to ArcGIS. Person who carried out this activity:
    Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
    Attn: Shinobu Okano
    Research Specialist
    190 Allied Dr.
    Conway, SC

    843-349-4012 (voice)
    Data sources produced in this process:
    • Canaveral_CCU2016_Tracklines_NAD83.shp
    Date: 13-Oct-2020 (process 2 of 2)
    Added keywords section with USGS persistent identifier as theme keyword. Person who carried out this activity:
    U.S. Geological Survey
    Attn: VeeAnn A. Cross
    Marine Geologist
    384 Woods Hole Road
    Woods Hole, MA

    508-548-8700 x2251 (voice)
    508-457-2310 (FAX)
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
    The accuracy of the data was determined during data collection. This dataset was from one research cruise and was therefore internally consistent. Methods were employed to maintain data collection consistency aboard the platform. During mobilization, each piece of equipment was isolated to obtain internal and external offset measurements with respect to the survey platform. All the critical measurements were recorded manually and digitally entered into their respective programs. The data have not been independently verified for accuracy.
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
    The trackline position data were recorded using HYPACK hydrographic acquisition and processing software. All systems were navigated using Differential GPS. Horizontal accuracy is assumed to be 2 m.
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
    The survey tracklines do not include or represent vertical data.
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
    These are complete post-processed x,y,z bathymetric data points from acoustic multibeam data collected near Cape Canaveral, Florida, in June 2016.
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    This file represents the trackline file collected during a multibeam bathymetry survey.

How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Access_Constraints: None
Public domain data from the U.S. Government are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. The U.S. Geological Survey requests to be acknowledged as originator of these data in future products or derivative research.
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    Noreen A. Buster
    U.S. Geological Survey - St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
    600 4th Street South
    St. Petersburg, FL

    (727)502-8114 (voice)
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  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system, or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. The USGS shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described or contained herein. Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
  4. How can I download or order the data?

Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 22-Sep-2021
Metadata author:
Noreen A. Buster
U.S. Geological Survey - St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Physical Scientist
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL

(727) 502-8000 (voice)
Metadata standard:
Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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