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Field Activity Details for field activity 2012-003-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): Jennifer Miselis

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan, Biological Field Study: Experiments (biological), Biological Field Study: Surveys (biological), Electro-Magnetic: Resistivity, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Location-Elevation: Transects, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Interferometric, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Map sediments and stratigraphy of the Bay.


Start Port/Location: Barnegat Bay, NJ

End Port/Location: Barnegat Bay, NJ

Start Date: 2012-03-19

End Date: 2012-04-13

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Digital video camera, Canon G12, SEA SWATHplus-H 468 kHz, HYPACK, Edgetech 4200 sidescan, Digital camera, EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler

Information to be Derived: Stratigraphy and sediment distribution.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: R/V Rafael collected 1050 kms of bathymetry, backscatter, and seismics, along tracklines spaced 50-m apart between 20 Mar (JD080) and 8 April (JD090), 2012. Mini-SEABOSS survey operations (10-12 April, 2012) collected bottom photographs, video and sediment samples at ~ 81 stations.

Staff: Noreen Buster, Nancy DeWitt, William Pfeiffer

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: This project is OFA funded through WHCMSC, the SPCMSC is providing staff and equipment. The St. Pete swath system (SwathPlus +H) will be unavailable during this time. The survey will be conducted from the WHCMSC vessel, the R/V Rafael.


Barnegat Bay, NJ

North: 40.08017384 South: 39.71892458 West: -74.20898455 East: -74.02679407


26-ft NPS Parker
photo of Rafael


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
SeaBOSSStainless steel framework that measures 1.1 x 1.1 meters and weighs 167 kilograms overall. House a van veen grab sampler as well as a having a digital camera and video camera mounted on the frame.Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
Digital video cameraVideo camera mounted on the SeaBOSS frame.Video
BarnBaySEABOSSTrks (Tracklines for bottom video collected using the MINI-SEABOSS sampler in Barnegat Bay, NJ by the U.S. Geological Survey during 3 surveys in 2012 and 2013)
Canon G12Canon PowerShot G12, is mounted in a machined Delrin housing with a flat port and mounted on the SEABOSS frame. Photo
SEA SWATHplus-H 468 kHz --- Interferometric
HYPACK --- Navigation
Edgetech 4200 sidescan --- Sidescan
Digital camera --- Photo
WHSC-003-FA-PH-001 (photos taken during field operations)
EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler

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