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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-011-FA


Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Investigator(s): Office of Naval Research (funding); Chuck Nittrouer (Univ. of Washington)

Information Specialist(s): Frances Lightsom

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Service EuroSTRATAFORM moorings and tripods; perform sidescan-sonar surveys.


Start Port/Location: Ravenna, Italy

End Port/Location: Ravenna, Italy

Start Date: 2003-02-11

End Date: 2003-02-22

Equipment Used: Box corer, GPS (wh), Digital camera, Current

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Suspended sediment concentrations; Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 3 (#701, 702, and 703 all deployed FA 02053 GARCIA DEL CID Nov. 7-13, 2002). Moorings deployed: 3 (#711, 712, and 713 all recovered FA 03012 SEWARD JOHNSON II May 26 - Jun. 3, 2003). Sidescan survey: These data were returned to USGS-Woods Hole for processing.

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Marinna Martini, Christopher Sherwood, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
Joanne Ferreira (USGS-Menlo)
Instrument tech; Hank Chezar (USGS-Menlo)
Instrument tech; Chuck Nittrouer
Univ. Washington
Project leader; Paul Hill
P.I.; Rob Wheatcroft
P.I.; Pat Wiberg
U. Virginia
P.I.; Stefano Misserochi
P.I.; Andrea Ogston
U. Washington
P.I.; Gail Kineke
Boston College
P.I.; Rocky Geyer
P.I.; Dick Sternberg
Univ. of Washington
P.I.; Peter Traykovski
P.I.; Tim Milligan
Bedford Inst.
P.I.; Leo Langone
P.I.; Pere Puig

Notes: Diving in turbid water to 20 m. Original Center People field contained: Christopher Sherwood, Lead USGS Scientist; Marinna Martini, Instrument tech; Dann Blackwood, Backup diver, Photographer; Charles Worley, Backup diver, sidescan tech.


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

North: 45.5 South: 41.75 West: 12.25 East: 16.25


photo of Seward Johnson II
Seward Johnson II


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
Box corer --- Biology
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Digital camera --- Photo
2003-011-FA-PH-001 (Deck photos of field activity operations)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2003-011-FA-OM-001 (mooring data)

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