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Field Activity Details for field activity 1978-038-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover bottom tripod system (mooring #153). The instrument package had not been recovered as planned on an earlier cruise due to failure in recovery system. (An unsuccessful attempt to recover by grappling was made on a University of Miami cruise, FA 78039, Nov. 14-17, 1978, aboard the COLUMBUS ISELIN CI7808.) We planned to recover by grappling. USGS personnel were onboard this cruise for the recovery only and did not transit with the vessel.


Start Port/Location: Georgetown, SC

End Port/Location: Georgetown, SC

Start Date: 1978-12-13

End Date: 1978-12-13

Equipment Used: Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Time series data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This recovery terminates the bottom sediment transport observation in the South Atlantic Bight for FY 1979. Mooring recovered: 1 (#153, deployed FA 78018 WHITEFOOT Jul. 13-14, 1978). The tripod system was generally free of biological growth. The penetrators in the camera, strobe and battery had severely corroded and the entire system flooded. The film was not entirely wet however and has been sent for processing.

Staff: Bradford Butman, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: This recovery terminates the bottom sediment transport observation in the South Atlantic Bight for FY 1979. Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman - Ch. Sci.; William Strahle - engineer.


South Atlantic Bight, South Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 32.59580572 South: 32.41362527 West: -78.68211761 East: -78.50071246


photo of Whitefoot


Gelfenbaum, G., and Noble, M., 1993, Significant bed elevation changes related to Gulf Stream dynamics on the South Carolina continental shelf: Continental Shelf Research, v. 13 no. 4, doi: 10.1016/0278-4343(93)90057-5.

Noble, M.A., and Gelfenbaum, G.R., 1992, Seasonal fluctuations in sea level on the South Carolina shelf and their relationship to the Gulf Stream: Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, v. 97 no. C6, URL:


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's log of equipment and data acquisition notes, personnel, and map of tripod locations.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1978-038-FA-OM-001 (SAB mooring data)

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