USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2009-068-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: Interferometric, Sonar: Multibeam, Sonar: Sound Velocity

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


Start Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

End Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

Start Date: 2009-09-22

End Date: 2009-09-22

Equipment Used: Real Time Kinematic GPS, SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, Sensor - SVP

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Mapped the northern extension of Middle Ground Shoals just north of Lake Tashmoo to West Chop.

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

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = National Community Sediment Transport Modeling: Scientific Investigations Report (SIR), National Community Sediment Transport Modeling: Scientific Investigations Report (SIR)


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
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
Sensor - SVP --- Sound Velocity

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Questions or Comments? Contact CMGDS Team