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Field Activity Details for field activity 2013-030-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): Brian Andrews

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jennifer Miselis (PI) USGS St. Petersburg

Information Specialist(s): Brian Andrews

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Complete marine geophysical survey of Barnegat Bay and Little Egg Harbor, NJ


Start Port/Location: Tuckerton, NJ

End Port/Location: Tuckerton, NJ

Start Date: 2013-09-09

End Date: 2013-09-19

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Digital video camera, Canon G12, SEA SWATHplus-H 468 kHz, HYPACK, Sensor - SVP, DGPS, Real Time Kinematic GPS, EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler, Edgetech 4200 sidescan

Information to be Derived: Grain size analysis;Sea floor map;Bathymetric maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Conducted 6 days of geophysical mapping during 12 hour days on R/V Rafael working from Tuckerton, NJ. 1 day of SEABOSS samples/video/photos, Collected approximately 280 kms of bathymetry, backscatter, and seismics. Occupied 15 SEABOSS stations and collected sediment samples, bottom video and photography at each station

Staff: Dann Blackwood, William Danforth, Barry Irwin

Affiliate Staff:

Project = Barnegat Bay Seafloor Mapping,


Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, United States, North America

North: 39.62038181 South: 39.46117244 West: -74.33074951 East: -74.2409516


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,


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 frameVideo
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
Sensor - SVP --- Sound Velocity
DGPS --- Navigation
Real Time Kinematic GPS --- Navigation
EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler --- Sub Bottom Profiler
Edgetech 4200 sidescan --- Sidescan
LittleEggHbrBS_1m (One meter mosaic of acoustic backscatter data acquired using an EdgeTech 4200 sidescan sonar within Little Egg Harbor (Barnegat Bay) New Jersey by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2013)

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