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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-008-FA

Other ID: RB03-02

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Investigator(s): NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration, NOAA Hydrographic Survey-Atlantic Branch

Information Specialist(s): Jennifer Martin

Data Type(s): Sonar: Multibeam, Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Temperature

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map the Puerto Rico trench using multibeam bathymetry.


Start Port/Location: Miami, FL

End Port/Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Start Date: 2003-02-18

End Date: 2003-03-08

Equipment Used: Temperature and salinity, SeaBeam 2112

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: William Danforth, Christopher F. Polloni, Uri Ten Brink

Affiliate Staff:
Castle E. Parker and Toshi Uozumi - NOAA Atlantic Hydrographic Branch - Onboard processing; Rex Roettger - Teacher at sea; Catalina Martinez and Taconya Piper - Ocean Exploration representatives; Amy Kennedy and Rebecca Lester - Whale watchers

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Bill Danforth - onboard processing; Christopher Polloni - onboard display and archiving; Uri ten Brink - Chief scientist.
Project = Caribbean tsunami and earthquake hazard, Caribbean tsunami and earthquake hazard


Puerto Rico trench, Puerto Rico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 20.33333 South: 18.66667 West: -69 East: -62.5


photo of Ronald H. Brown
Ronald H. Brown


Andrews, B.D., ten Brink, U.S., Danforth, W., Chaytor, J.D., Granja-Bruna, J.L., and Carbo-Gorosabel, A., 2014, Bathymetric Terrain Model of the Puerto Rico Trench and Northeast Caribbean Region for Marine Geological Investigations. U. S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1125, doi: 10.3133/ofr20131125.

ten Brink, U., Danforth, William, Polloni, Christopher F., Parker, Castle Eugene, Uozumi, Toshihiko, and Williams, Glynn F., 2005, Project PROBE Leg II; final report and archive of swath bathymetric sonar, CTD/XBT and GPS navigation data collected during USGS Cruise 03008 (NOAA Cruise RB0303) Puerto Rico Trench 18 February - 7 March, 2003: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1400, DVD-ROM, URL:

Whitmore, P., ten Brink, Uri, Caropolo, Michael, Huerfano-Moreno, Victor, Knight, William, Sammler, William, and Sandrik, Al, 2009, NOAA/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center Atlantic Ocean response criteria: Science of Tsunami Hazards, v. 28 no. 2, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBeam 2112 --- Multibeam
Bathymetry GIS data ( )
2003-008-FA-NL-001 ( DVD ROM disk of PR TRENCH BATHY MOVIE, )
Temperature and salinity --- CTD

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