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Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-053-FA

Other ID: PASTA Leg 3

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Investigator(s): Chuck Nittrouer, UW; Rocky Geyer, WHOI; Paul Hill, Dalhousie

Information Specialist(s): Frances Lightsom

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Current, Environmental Data: Temperature, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy EuroSTRATAFORM tripods (moorings #701, 702 and 703); assist others with seabed and water column sampling; USGS thermistors deployed by Cacchione and Puig (mooring #700).


Start Port/Location: Ravenna, Italy

End Port/Location: Ravenna, Italy

Start Date: 2002-11-07

End Date: 2002-11-13

Equipment Used: Kasten corer, SBE 9 CTD, DGPS, Bottom platform, Temperature and salinity, Pressure, Turbidity, Current, ADCP, Box corer

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Grain size analysis; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Heavy fishing pressure - extra guard buoys. Leg 3 moorings deployed: 3 (#701, 702 and 703 all recovered FA 03011 SEWARD JOHNSON Feb. 11-22, 2003). Cruise Legs 1, 2 and 3 Summary: 24 Oct. - loaded ship in Ravenna. 25-28 Oct. - Leg 1a (UW, ICM, OSU, IGM), 2 tripods, 1 mooring and 6 guard buoys were deployed near Po and Pescara; seabed coring and water column profiling occurred at night. 28 Oct. - 4 Nov. - Leg 1b (UW, IGM, OSU, ICM), seabed coring and water column profiling extended from Gargano to Po. 5-7 Nov. - Leg 2 (WHOI, IGM, ICM, UW), 4 tripods and 6 guard buoys were deployed near the Po and Ravenna; water column profiling occurred at night. 7-13 Nov. - Leg 3 (USGS, IGM, Dalhousie, WHOI, ICM), 3 tripods and 4 guard buoys were deployed near the Chienti; water-column profiling extended from Gargano to Po. 14 Nov. - unloaded ship in Ravenna.

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Staff:
Joanne Ferreira - technician (Leg 3); Dave Rubin - camera scientist (Leg 3); Scientists and technicians from 12 institutions

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Christopher Sherwood - Chief Scientist, tripod scientist (Leg 3); Jonathan Borden - technician (Leg 2 only).


Chienti River, Civitinova, Italy, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Europe, North Atlantic;

North: 44.95848179 South: 41.9662442 West: 13.2056 East: 14.93815104


photo of Garcia Del Cid
Garcia Del Cid


Carniel, S., Warner, John C., Chiggiato, Jacopo, and Sclavo, Mauro, 2009, Investigating the impact of surface wave breaking on modeling the trajectories of drifters in the northern Adriatic Sea during a wind-storm event: Ocean Modelling, v. 30 no. 2-3, doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2009.07.001.

Montgomery, E., Sherwood, C, 2013, Studying seafloor bedforms using autonomous stationary imaging and profiling sonars: OCEANS'13 MTS/IEEE Proceedings Paper, pp. 1–7, URL:

Sherwood, C.R., Book, Jeffrey W., Carniel, Sandro, Cavaleri, Luigi, Chiggiato, Jacopo, Das, Himangshu, Doyle, James D., Harris, Courtney K., Niedoroda, Alan W., Perkins, Henry, Poulain, Pierre-Marie, Pullen, Julie, Reed, Christopher W., Russo, Aniello, Sclavo, Mauro, Signell, Richard P., Traykovski, Peter, and Warner, John C., 2004, Sediment dynamics in the Adriatic Sea investigated with coupled models: Oceanography, v. 17 no. 4, URL:

Signell, R.P., Carniel, Sandro, Chiggiato, Jacopo, Janekovic, Ivica, Pullen, Julie, and Sherwood, Christopher R., 2008, Collaboration tools and techniques for large model datasets: Journal of Marine Systems, v. 69 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2007.02.013.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Kasten corer --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2002-053-FA-OM-001 (mooring data)
Temperature and salinity --- CTD
Pressure --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Turbidity --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
ADCP --- Current
Box corer --- Biology

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