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Field Activity Details for field activity 2007-007-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Twichell

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Wayne Baldwin

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Interferometric, Sonar: Multibeam

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sea floor mapping along the offshore side of the southern part of the Chandeleur Islands, Gulf of Mexico.


Start Port/Location: Venice, LA

End Port/Location: Venice, LA

Start Date: 2007-06-10

End Date: 2007-06-22

Equipment Used: DGPS, SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i, Klein 3000

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This two-week cruise aboard the R/V ACADIANA collected bathymetric, sidescan sonar and chirp seismic data along the offshore side of the southern half of the Chandeleur Island chain of eastern Louisiana. The survey was coordinated with additional surveys conducted by the R/V GILBERT and a University of New Orleans vessel that collected bathymetric and seismic data near the islands and along the back side of the island chain. The purposes for collecting these data were (1) to provide a detailed post-Katrina bathymetry, (2) to study the processes that have shaped the sea floor in an effort to better understand the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and (3) to understand the influence of the underlying stratigraphy on the sea floor geology. The offshore geophysical dataset was collected on a grid of lines spaced 100 m apart in the shore parallel direction and 1000 m apart in the shore normal direction. Submetrix swath bathymetric data and Klein sidescan sonar imagery were collected along 2146 km of tracks and EdgeTech 512i chirp sub-bottom data were collected along 1654 km of tracks.

Staff: Wayne Baldwin, Emile Bergeron, William Danforth, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Electronics technicians - Chuck Worley and Emile Bergeron; sea floor mapping processors - Bill Danforth and Wayne Baldwin.
Project = Northern Gulf Coast Ecosystem Change, Northern Gulf Coast Ecosystem Change


Chandeleur Islands, Breton Sound, Louisiana, northern Gulf of Mexico, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 29.75 South: 28.33333 West: -89.25 East: -88.75


photo of Acadiana


Kindinger, J.L., Buster, N.A., Flocks, J.G., Bernier, J.C., and Kulp, M.A., 2013, Louisiana Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring (BICM) Program summary report: Data and analyses 2006 through 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1083, 86 p., URL:

Baldwin, W.E., Pendleton, Elizabeth A., and Twichell, David C., 2009, Geophysical data from offshore of the Chandeleur Islands, eastern Mississippi Delta: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2008-1195, URL:

Flocks, J., Miner, Michael D., Twichell, David C., Lavoie, Dawn L., and Kindinger, Jack, 2009, Evolution and preservation potential of fluvial and transgressive deposits on the Louisiana inner shelf; understanding depositional processes to support coastal management: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 29 no. 6, doi: 10.1007/s00367-009-0164-4.

Twichell, D., Pendleton, Elizabeth, Baldwin, Wayne, and Flocks, James, 2009, Subsurface control on seafloor erosional processes offshore of the Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 29 no. 6, doi: 10.1007/s00367-009-0150-x.


FAN 2007-007-FA has data viewable in the GeoMappApp/Virtual Ocean applications. To view this data in these applications go to and See the instructions for locating USGS data in these applications. You can also view the imagery created from the SEGY data at

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Chirp seismic data ( )
Klein 3000 --- Sidescan
Sidescan mosaic ( )
SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
Bathymetry GIS data ( )

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