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Field Activity Details for field activity 2011-013-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): David Foster

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Brian Andrews

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Sea floor mapping along the Elizabeth Islands, Middle Ground, Hedge Fence, and L'Hommedieu Shoals


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2011-08-01

End Date: 2011-08-31

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, DGPS, HYPACK, SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Sensor - SVP, Klein 3000

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Data were collected on 19 days during daylight ops on R/V Rafael between 2-31 Aug 2011.

Staff: Brian Andrews, Emile Bergeron, William Danforth, Barry Irwin, Eric Moore, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Project = MCZM/B. Bay & Vineyard Sound,


Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;Middle Ground, Vineyard Sound, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;,

North: 41.55434 South: 41.42999 West: -70.832 East: -70.43871


photo of Rafael


Pendleton, E.A., Andrews, B.D., Danforth, W.W., and Foster, D.S, 2014, High-Resolution Geophysical Data From Sand Shoals of Vineyard Sound and the Sea Floor Surrounding the Eastern Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013-1020.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
DGPS --- Navigation
HYPACK --- Navigation
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Sensor - SVP --- Sound Velocity
Klein 3000 --- Sidescan

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