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Field Activity Details for field activity 2009-007-FA

Other ID: 09007,L-7-09-AR

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Deborah Hutchinson, Deborah Hutchinson

Affiliate Investigator(s): David Mosher, Geological Survey of Canada,David Mosher (Chief Scientist) - Geological Survey of Canada, Debbie Hutchinson

Information Specialist(s): Deborah Hutchinson, PARTNER

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Gravity, Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Conductivity, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Seismics: Multichannel, Sonar: Single Beam, Sonar: Sound Velocity, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sediment thickness mapping using multichannel seismics and sonobuoys on the potential U.S. extended continental shelf north of Alaska.


Start Port/Location: Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada and Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada

End Port/Location: Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada and Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada

Start Date: 2009-08-06

End Date: 2009-09-16

Equipment Used: DGPS, Multichannel seismics, Seismic refraction, Sensor - SVP, Gravity meter (wh), SBE 9 CTD, Water sampler, Knudsen echo sounder 320B/R, YSI multiparameter sonde, XCTD, Visual Mammal ID

Information to be Derived: Notes/logs;Seismic;Other geophysical

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 4062 km of 16-channel multichannel seismic data 51 sonobuoys (46 good) 8355 line km 12 kHz echo sounder 177 Helicopter spot soundings 9 CTD Rosettes 72 XCTDs Underway measurement of seawater salinity, temperature, flourescence, gas tension, and oxygen saturation. Underway ice observations (log) Underway marine mammal observations (log)

Staff: Deborah Hutchinson, Borden Chapman

Affiliate Staff:
David Mosher - Chief Scientist; John Shimeld - GSC (lead seismic analyst); Borden Chapman - lead seismic operations
John Shimeld (lead seismic analyst
) - GSC

Notes: Cruise dates may vary. This is planned as a two-icebreaker experiment (with USCGC Healy). This is planned as a two-icebreaker experiment (with USCGC Healy). 18. Report Date: 11:35 8/3/2009

Staff information imported from InfoBank
Deborah Hutchinson - Chief Scientist
David Mosher (Chief Scientist) - Geological Survey of Canada
John Shimeld (lead seismic analyst, ) - GSC
Borden Chapman - lead seismic operations

Non USGS data manager = Debbie Hutchinson


Arctic Ocean

North: 85 South: 67.5 West: -170 East: -110


photo of Louis S St Laurent
Louis S St Laurent


Hutchinson, D., Houseknecht, D., Mosher, D., Hart, P., Jackson, R., Lebedeva-Ivanova, N., Shimeld, J., and Chian, D., The Chukchi Borderland: a sediment-starved rifted continental margin [abs.]: , 2013 Fall AGU Meeting. San Francisco,CA, December 9-13, 2013.

Hutchinson, D.R., and Barth, G.A., 2010, Continental margins and the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project: MARGINS/GeoPRISMS Newsletter, no. 25, URL:

Lebedeva-Ivanova, N., Hutchinson, D.R., Shimeld, J., Brumley, K., Chian, D., Hart, P., Mosher, D., and Jackson, R., Inferred Mesozoic Origin of the Nautilus Basin, Arctic Ocean [abs.]: , 3P Arctic â The Polar Petroleum Potential Conference and Exhibition. Stavanger, Norway, 15-18 October, 2013.

Mosher, D.C., Shimeld, J. Hutchinson, D., Jackson, R., Chian, D., Lebedeva-Ivanova, N., Oakey, G., Evangelatos, J., Li, Q., Funck, T., Mayer, L., Verhoef, J., and Forbes, S, 2012, Re-evaluating Amerasian Basin tectonics and sedimentation with new geophysical data: , 34th IGC Conference. Brisbane, Australia, August 5-10 2012.

Mosher, D.C., Shimeld, J., Hutchinson, D., Chian, D., Lebedeva-Ivanova, N., and Jackson, R., 2012, Canada Basin Revealed: Arctic Technology Conference.

Mosher, D.C., Shimeld, John W., and Hutchinson, Deborah R., 2009, 2009 Canada Basin seismic reflection and refraction survey, western Arctic Ocean; CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent expedition report: , Geological Survey of Canada Open File 6343. 235 p. URL:

Shimeld, J., Li, Q., Chian, D., Lebedeva-Ivanova, N., Jackson, R., Mosher, D., and Hutchinson, D., 2016, Seismic velocities within the sedimentary succession of the Canada Basin and southern Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge, Arctic Ocean: Evidence for accelerated porosity reduction: Geophysical Journal International, v. 204, pp. 1–20, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv416.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Gravity meter (wh) --- Gravity
YSI multiparameter sonde --- Conductivity
Dissolved Oxygen
DGPS --- Navigation
Knudsen echo sounder 320B/R --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Sensor - SVP --- Sound Velocity
Water sampler --- Chemistry
Visual Mammal ID --- Species ID
Multichannel seismics --- Multichannel
Seismic refraction --- Sonobuoy

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