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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-032-FA

Other ID: RB03-05

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 Ocean Exploration

Information Specialist(s): Nancy K. Soderberg, Christopher F. Polloni

Data Type(s): Sonar: Multibeam, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Environmental Data: Temperature, Environmental Data: CTD

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Complete multibeam bathymetry survey of the Puerto Rico trench.


Start Port/Location: St. Maarten, Dutch Antilles

End Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2003-08-28

End Date: 2003-09-04

Equipment Used: DGPS, Temperature and salinity, SeaBeam 2112

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: SeaBeam bathy: 1085 km.

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

Affiliate Staff:
Khoura Gibson - Teacher at Sea; Eran Kaplan - Student; Joram ten Brink - Film maker

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


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

North: 20.5 South: 18.7 West: -69 East: -62


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.

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
DGPS --- Navigation
Temperature and salinity --- CTD

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