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Field Activity Details for field activity 2013-003-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): William Schwab, Laura Brothers

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Seth Ackerman

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Characterize seabed in state waters south of Martha's Vineyard


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 2013-05-20

End Date: 2013-06-13

Equipment Used: Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i, SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz, DGPS, HYPACK, Sensor - MVP30 (Odim), Sensor - SVP, Real Time Kinematic GPS, Edgetech 4200 sidescan

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Mapped 180 km2 of seafloor South of Marthas Vineyard and in Nantucket Sound. Data collected included bathymetry, sub bottom and sonar.

Staff: Seth Ackerman, Brian Andrews, Wayne Baldwin, Emile Bergeron, William Danforth, David Foster, Eric Moore, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Continuation of MassCZM mapping cooperative
Project = MCZM/B. Bay & Vineyard Sound,


Marthas Vineyard Inner shelf & Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

North: 41.390816 South: 41.192901 West: -70.810609 East: -70.029975


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Ackerman, S.D., Brothers, L.L., Foster, D.S., Andrews, B.D., Baldwin, W.E., and Schwab, W.C., 2016, High-resolution geophysical data from the inner continental shelf—South of Martha's Vineyard and north of Nantucket, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1168, 21 p.,

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
Edgetech chirp subbottom profiler 512i --- Sub Bottom Profiler
SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz --- Interferometric
DGPS --- Navigation
HYPACK --- Navigation
Sensor - MVP30 (Odim) --- Sound Velocity
Sensor - SVP --- Sound Velocity
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
Edgetech 4200 sidescan --- Sidescan

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