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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-012-FA

Other ID: PASTA Legs 2-3

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, University of Washington

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

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


Start Port/Location: Ravenna, Italy

End Port/Location: Ravenna, Italy

Start Date: 2003-05-26

End Date: 2003-06-03

Equipment Used: Video camera - deep sea, Temperature and salinity, Pressure, Turbidity, Digital camera, Current

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Recovered Moorings: 3 (#711, 712, and 713 all deployed FA 03011 SEWARD JOHNSON II Feb. 11-22, 2003). Sidescan sonar: These data returned to USGS-Woods Hole for processing.

Staff: Richard Rendigs, Christopher Sherwood, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
Charles Nittrouer - UWA
Coordinator; Joanne Ferreira
Engineer - USGS-Menlo Park; Harold Williams - USGS-Menlo Park; BIO/Dalhousie; ISMAR; ICM; WHOI

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Christopher Sherwood, Scientist; Richard Rendigs, Diver; Charles Worley, Diver and Sidescan operator.


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

North: 45.5 South: 41.75 West: 12.2 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
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Temperature and salinity --- CTD
Pressure --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Turbidity --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Digital camera --- Photo
2003-012-FA-PH-001 (Deck photos of field activity operations)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2003-012-FA-OM-001 (mooring data)

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