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Field Activity Details for field activity 2009-004-FA

Other ID: RB09-02; B-4-09-NA

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-PMEL

Information Specialist(s): William Danforth

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map with multibeam sonar the upper continental slope.


Start Port/Location: Charleston, SC

End Port/Location: Charleston, SC

Start Date: 2009-05-11

End Date: 2009-05-25

Equipment Used: DGPS, XBT, SeaBeam 2112, Bathy2100

Information to be Derived: Sea floor map; Bathymetric maps; Morphology;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 5700 line km of multibeam bathymetry and associated chirp sub-bottom seismic profiling.

Staff: William Danforth, Elizabeth Pendleton, Uri Ten Brink, David Twichell

Affiliate Staff:
LTJG Lindsey Waller
NOAA-PMEL; Leslie Sauter
Brian Kennedy
Shanon Hoy
Emily Allen
Will Sauter - College of Charleston

Project = Potential Tsunami Sources, Potential Tsunami Sources


New England, New York and New Jersey continental slope, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.5 South: 34.25 West: -76 East: -64.5


photo of Ronald H. Brown
Ronald H. Brown


Andrews, B., Chaytor, J., ten Brink, U., Brothers, D., Gardner, J., and Lobecker, E., 2016, Bathymetric Terrain Model of the Atlantic Margin for Marine Geological Investigations, version 2.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1266 version 2.0, doi: 10.3133/ofr20121266.

Andrews, B.D., Chaytor, J.D., Brothers, D.S., and ten Brink, U.S., 2013, Bathymetric Terrain Model of the Atlantic Margin for Marine Geological Investigations. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1266, URL:

Chaytor, J.D., Twichell, D.C., and ten Brink, U. S., 2012, A reevaluation of the Munson-Nygren-Retriever Submarine Landslide Complex, Georges Bank Lower Slope, Western North Atlantic: In: Y. Yamada et al (Ed.), Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequences Book. Springer, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-2162-3_12,.

Chaytor, J.D., ten Brink, U.S., Baxter, C.D., Brothers, D.S., and Twichell, D.C, 2012, Submarine Landslides on the Slope and Rise, Southern New England Continental Margin, USA [abs.]: , 34th International Geological Congress. Brisbane, Australia, August 5-10, 2012.

Chaytor, J.D., ten Brink, U.S., Twichell, D.C., Baxter, C.D.P., Hallam, T.D., Brother, D., 2011, Submarine Landslides along the U.S. Atlantic Margin: Their Distribution, Failure Processes and Age [abs.]: , 2011 Fall AGU Meeting. December 5-9, 2011, San Francisco, CA.

ten Brink, U.S., Lee, Homa J., Geist, Eric L., and Twichell, David C., 2009, Assessment of tsunami hazard to the U.S. East Coast using relationships between submarine landslides and earthquakes: Marine Geology, v. 264 no. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2008.05.011.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBeam 2112 --- Multibeam
Bathy2100 --- Sub Bottom Profiler
DGPS --- Navigation
XBT --- Temperature

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