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Field Activity Details for field activity 2010-107-LW

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Waite

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Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Wave

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Establish a means of calibrating wave speed measurements made in hydrate-bearing sand by the primary institutions conducting physical property measurements in hydrate-bearing sediment.


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Start Date: 2010-08-10

End Date: 2011-04-08

Equipment Used: Pig (High-pressure, wave speed measurement cell)

Information to be Derived: Physical property data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This activity is part of an Interlaboratory Comparison Project designed to compare wave speed measurements made in different laboratories, but on identical samples. Data include waveforms measured with shear-wave transducers on dry sand, water-damp sand, fully water-saturated sand, frozen sand, and hydrate-bearing sand. Results are combined with those from 7 other laboratories in an excel spreadsheet and analyzed in a paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates (July 17-21, 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland).


Affiliate Staff:

Project = USGS Gas Hydrates GHASTLI,


Gas Hydrate Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Science Center, 384 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543

North: 41.53343 South: 41.53336 West: -70.6507 East: -70.6506



W. F. Waite, J.C.S., M. Rydzy, S.H. Chong, J.L.H. Grozic, K. Hester, J. Howard, T.J. Kneafsey, J.Y. Lee, S. Nakagawa, J. Priest, E. Rees, C. Koh, E.D. Sloan, A. Sultaniya, 2011, Inter-laboratory comparison of wave velocity measures. 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, .


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Pig (High-pressure, wave speed measurement cell) --- Wave

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