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Field Activity Details for field activity 2012-003-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Brian Andrews

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jen Miselis, St. Pete

Information Specialist(s): Brian Andrews

Data Type(s): Electro-Magnetic: Resistivity, Location-Elevation: Transects, Sonar: Interferometric, Sonar: Multibeam, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Biological Field Study: Experiments, Biological Field Study: Surveys, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map sediments and stratigraphy of the Bay.


Start Port/Location: Barnegat Bay, NJ

End Port/Location: Barnegat Bay, NJ

Start Date: 2012-03-19

End Date: 2012-04-13

Equipment Used: HYPACK, SeaBOSS, SWATHplus-H 468 kHz, Real Time Kinematic GPS, Edgetech Sidescan sonar, EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler, Digital camera

Information to be Derived: Stratigraphy and sediment distribution.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: R/V Rafael collected 1050 kms of bathymetry, backscatter, and seismics, along tracklines spaced 50-m apart between 20 Mar (JD080) and 8 April (JD090), 2012. Mini-SEABOSS survey operations (10-12 April, 2012) collected bottom photographs, video and sediment samples at ~ 81 stations.

Staff: William Pfeiffer, Nancy DeWitt, Noreen Buster, Emile Bergeron, Dann Blackwood, William Danforth, David Foster, Barry Irwin, Eric Moore, Aaron Turecek, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: This project is OFA funded through WHCMSC, the SPCMSC is providing staff and equipment. The St. Pete swath system (SwathPlus +H) will be unavailable during this time. The survey will be conducted from the WHCMSC vessel, the R/V Rafael.


Barnegat Bay, NJ

North: 40.65251 South: 40.61187 West: -73.287 East: -73.15796


26-ft NPS Parker
photo of Rafael


Andrews, B.D., Miselis, J.L., Danforth, W.W., Irwin, B.J., Worley, C.R., Bergeron, E., and Blackwood, D, 2015, Marine Geophysical data collected in a shallow back-barrier estuary: Barnegat Bay, New Jersey: U. S. Geological Survey Data Series 937, doi: 10.3133/ds937.

Defne, Z., Ganju, N, 2014, Quantifying the residence time and flushing characteristics of a shallow, back-barrier estuary: application of hydrodynamic and particle tracking models: Estuaries and Coasts, v. 38 no. 5, pp. 1719–1734, doi: 10.1007/s12237-014-9885-3.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
SWATHplus-H 468 kHz --- Interferometric
HYPACK --- Navigation
SeaBOSS --- Experiments
Species ID
Edgetech Sidescan sonar --- Sidescan
Digital camera --- Photo
WHSC-003-FA-PH-001 ( photos taken during field operations)
EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler

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