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Field Activity Details for field activity 2007-039-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William Danforth, Richard Signell

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): William Danforth

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sonar: Single Beam, Sonar: Interferometric

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Completely map the bathymetry surrounding the shoal Middle Ground in Vineyard Sound using swath bathymetric methods.


Start Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

End Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

Start Date: 2007-10-31

End Date: 2007-10-31

Equipment Used: SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Echosounder, DGPS

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Collected 13 lines of swath bathymetric data using the SEA SwathPlus system aboard the R/V RAFAEL.

Staff: William Danforth, Barry Irwin, Richard Signell, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = Community Sediment Transport Modeling, Community Sediment Transport Modeling


Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.5 South: 41.4 West: -70.8 East: -70.58333


photo of Rafael


Pendleton, E.A., Andrews, B.D., Danforth, W.W., and Foster, D.S., 2014, High-resolution geophysical data collected aboard the U.S. Geological Survey research vessel Rafael to supplement existing datasets from Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1020, 6 p.,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
Echosounder --- Single Beam
DGPS --- Navigation
2007-039-FA-LN-001 (Navigation data: x, y, z coordinates for 10/31/07 taken every second; stored in an Excel spreadsheet.)

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