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Field Activity Details for field activity 2011-041-FA

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Other ID: R-41-11-NJ

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Hurricane Sandy - Coastal Vulnerability and Resource Assessment, Delmarva Peninsula (AE03FKC)

Principal Investigator(s): Brian Andrews, Jennifer Miselis

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jen Miselis, St. Pete

Information Specialist(s): Brian Andrews

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Sound Velocity, Sonar: Interferometric, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map the shallow geologic framework of Barnegat Bay, NJ


Start Port/Location: Toms River, NJ

End Port/Location: Toms River, NJ

Start Date: 2011-10-30

End Date: 2011-11-08

Equipment Used: SEA SWATHplus-H 468 kHz, Klein 3000, EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler, HYPACK, Sensor - MVP30 (Odim)

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Survey Operations were conducted during day light hours from 31 Oct- Nov 7th, 2011. Data were collected along approximately 330 kilometers of tracklines spaced 20-50m apart depending on depth. Bathymetric coverage was not 100 percent because of shallow depths. Towed sidescan sonar was able to collect complete coverage without gaps over most of the survey area.

Staff: William Danforth, Barry Irwin, Charles Worley, Brian Andrews, Jennifer Miselis

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project Name Marine Tech/Sea Floor Mapping
Information from Foghorn: Center equipment: Bathymetry, Navigation - DGPS, Navigation - HYPACK, Seismic reflection, Sensor - MVP30, Sidescan - Klein, Sidescan - Submetrix
Staff: Barry Irwin, (vessel operator) William Danforth (Tech), Chuck Worley (Tech) Brian Andrews (processing), Jen Miselis (PI)


Barnegat Bay, NJ

North: 40.09091326 South: 39.7571781 West: -74.24041704 East: -74.02313214


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Andrews, B.D., Miselis, J.L., Danforth, W.W., Irwin, B.J., Worley, C.R., Bergeron, E.M., and Blackwood, D.S., 2015, Marine geophysical data collected in a shallow back-barrier estuary, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey (ver. 1.1, September 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 937, 15 p.,

Andrews, B.D., Defne, Z., Miselis, J.L., and Ganju, N.K., 2015, Continuous terrain model for water circulation studies, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, U. S. Geological Survey data release,

Defne, Z., and Ganju, N.K., 2014, Quantifying the residence time and flushing characteristics of a shallow, back-barrier estuary—Application of hydrodynamic and particle tracking models: Estuaries and Coasts, vol. 38, p. 1719-1734,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SEA SWATHplus-H 468 kHz --- Interferometric
Klein 3000 --- Sidescan
EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler
HYPACK --- Navigation
Sensor - MVP30 (Odim) --- Sound Velocity

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