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Field Activity Details for field activity 2007-011-FA

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Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Investigator(s): WHOI, ONR

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Mapping for ONR Ripples DRI project.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2007-08-09

End Date: 2007-08-14

Equipment Used: SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i, Klein 3000, Digital camera, Real Time Kinematic GPS

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sidescan sonar, chirp sub-bottom and swath bathymetry were collected off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard surrounding MCVO within a 5 km x 7 km area.


Affiliate Staff:



Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.34793417 South: 41.30268573 West: -70.59772566 East: -70.51055945


photo of Megan T Miller
Megan T Miller


Denny, J.F., Danforth, W.W., Foster, D.S., and Sherwood, C.R., 2009, Geophysical data collected off the south shore of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1288, also available at

Pendleton, E.A., Baldwin, W.E., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Andrews, B.D., Schwab, W.C., and Brothers, L.L., 2019, Shallow Geology, Sea-Floor Texture, and Physiographic Zones of the Inner Continental Shelf from Aquinnah to Wasque Point, Martha's Vineyard, and Eel Point to Great Point, Nantucket, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018-1181,

Pendleton, E.A., Baldwin, W.E., Foster, D.F., Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., Brothers, L.L., and Schwab, W.C., 2018, Geospatial data layers of shallow geology, sea-floor texture, and physiographic zones from the inner continental shelf of Martha's Vineyard from Aquinnah to Wasque Point, and Nantucket from Eel Point to Great Point: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


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Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
Bathymetry GIS data
Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i --- Sub Bottom Profiler
2007-011-FA-SE-001 (Raw SEGY data)
Chirp seismic data
Klein 3000 --- Sidescan
Sidescan mosaic
Digital camera --- Photo
2007-011-FA-PH-001 (Deck photos of field activity operations)
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation

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