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Field Activity Details for field activity 2011-004-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): David Foster, William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Seth Ackerman

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Create regional seabed characterization maps.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2011-05-04

End Date: 2011-05-17

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

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sidescan sonar, swath bathymetry and Chirp subbottom profiling were collected to complete mapping areas of Massachusetts state waters of Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and part of Nantucket Sound.

Staff: Seth Ackerman, Emile Bergeron, William Danforth, Eric Moore, Aaron Turecek, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project = MCZM/B. Bay & Vineyard Sound, MCZM/B. Bay & Vineyard Sound


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

North: 41.56614 South: 41.23238 West: -71.131 East: -70.35645


photo of Scarlett Isabella
Scarlett Isabella


Ackerman, S.D., Andrews, B.D., Foster, D.S., Baldwin, W.E., and Schwab W.C. 2013, High-resolution geophysical data from the inner continental shelf—Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1002,

Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Foster, D.S., and Schwab, W.C., 2014, High-resolution geophysical data from the inner continental shelf at Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts (ver. 2.0, September 2014): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1006,

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,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Digital camera --- Photo
2011-004-FA-PH-001 (deck shots of field operations)
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Klein 3000 --- Sidescan
SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric

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