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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-009-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Jane Denny

Data Type(s): Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map shoreface of Grand Strand.


Start Port/Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

End Port/Location: Myrtle Beach, SC

Start Date: 2003-05-01

End Date: 2003-05-21

Equipment Used: Real Time Kinematic GPS, Submetrix Sidescan sonar, Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: High-resolution geophysical survey mapping the shoreface along the Grand Strand, South Carolina. High-resolution chirp, sidescan-sonar, and swath bathymetry systems were used to map the toe of the shoreface, surficial sediment distribution, and seabed morphology.

Staff: Wayne Baldwin, Jane Denny, David Nichols, Charles Worley, Ilya Buynevich

Affiliate Staff:
Coastal Carolina University; Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Chuck Worley (ET), Dave Nichols (ET), I. Buynevich (co-PI), Jane Denny (co-PI), Wayne Baldwin (Watch-Stander).
Project = South Carolina Coastal Erosion Project, South Carolina Coastal Erosion Project


Long Bay, South Carolina, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 33.9 South: 33.7 West: -78.8 East: -78.55


photo of Coastal II
Coastal II


Baldwin, W.E., Denny, J.F., Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P.T., Morton, R.A., and Driscoll, N.W., 2007, Geologic framework studies of South Carolina's Long Bay from Little River Inlet to Winyah Bay, 1999-2003; geospatial data release: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1346, DVD-ROM, URL:

Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P. T., Morton, R. A., Driscoll, N. W., Baldwin, W. E., Barnhardt, W. A., Denny, J. F., Harris, M. S., Katuna, M. P., Putney, T. R., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J. C., and Wright, E. E., 2009, Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina; the South Carolina coastal erosion study, Barnhardt, W.A. (ed.): U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1339, 77 p., URL:

Schwab, W.C., Gayes, P.T., Morton, R.A., Driscoll, N.W., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Denny, J.F., Harris, M.S., Katuna, M.P., Putney, T.R., Voulgaris, G., Warner, J.C., and Wright, E.E., 2009, in Barnhardt, W.E., ed., Coastal change along the shore of northeastern South Carolina; the South Carolina coastal erosion study: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1206, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Submetrix Sidescan sonar --- Interferometric
Sidescan mosaic ( )
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation

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