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Field Activity Details for field activity 2011-006-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): Lawrence Poppe

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Lawrence Poppe

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments (biological), Biological Field Study: Surveys (biological), Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Visual Identification: Species ID, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Groundtruth NOAA hydrographic surveys in Rhode Island Sound (H11995), Nantucket Sound (H12007), and Block Island Sound.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Galilee, RI

Start Date: 2011-06-13

End Date: 2011-06-22

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, DGPS

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sediment sampling and still and video bottom photography with the small SEABOSS

Staff: Barry Irwin, Katherine McMullen, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Project = Sea & Lake/Data off Cape Cod, Sea & Lake/Data off Cape Cod


Rhode Island Sound, Nantucket Sound, Block Island Sound, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.57025 South: 41.1373 West: -71.8011 East: -70.09277


photo of Rafael


McMullen, K.Y., Poppe, L.J., and Parker, C.E., 2014, Character, distribution, and ecological significance of storm wave-induced scour in Rhode Island Sound, USA: Geo-Marine Letters, v. 35, p.135-144,

McMullen, K.Y., Poppe, L.J., Ackerman, S.D., Worley, C.R., Nadeau, M.A., and Van Hoy, M.V., 2012, Sea-floor geology in central Rhode Island Sound south of Sakonnet Point, Rhode Island: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1004, DVD-ROM, also available at

Poppe, L.J., and McMullen, K.Y., , 2014 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI. Honolulu, HI, February 23-28, 2014.

Poppe, L.J., Danforth, W.W., McMullen, K.Y., Blankenship, M.A., Glomb, K.A., and Wright, D.B., 2012, Sea-floor Geology and Sedimentary Environments of Block Island Sound, Offshore Rhode Island [abs.]: , 2012 GSA National Meeting. Charlotte, NC, November 4-7, 2012.

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Ackerman, S.D., Schaer, J.D., and Wright, D.B, Sedimentary Environments and Processes of Cross Rip Channel, Offshore Southeastern Massachusetts [abs.]: , 2012 GSA Northeastern Sectional Meeting. Brenton Woods, NH, March 17-20, 2013.

Poppe, L.J., Danforth, W.W., McMullen, K.Y., Blakenship, M.A., Glomb, K.A., Wright, D.B., and Smith, S.M., 2012, Sea-floor character and sedimentary processes of Block Island Sound, offshore Rhode Island (ver.1.1, August 2014): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1005,

Poppe, L.J., McMullen, K.Y., Ackerman, S.D., Schaer, J.D., and Wright, D.B., 2012, Sea-floor geology and sedimentary processes in the vicinity of Cross Rip Channel, Nantucket Sound, offshore southeastern Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1222, DVD-ROM,


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Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBOSS --- Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
2011-006-FA-SC-001 (Physical samples and lithologic descriptions from stations where statistically valid samples could not be collected at 137 stations)
2011-006-FA-PH-001 (706 bottom photos taken by SeaBOSS )
2011-006-FA-VD-001 (Bottom videos on DVDs for Nantucket Sound, Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound surveys.)
2011-006-FA-VD-002 (Bottom videos on Hi-8MM tapes for Nantucket Sound, Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound surveys.)
2011-006-FA-NL-001 (SeaBOSS Log: 3 logbooks, 1 each for H12007, Nantucket Sound; H11995, Rhode Island Sound; and Block Island Sound.)
DGPS --- Navigation
2011-006-FA-LN-001 (Hypack navigation files)

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