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Field Activity Details for field activity 2014-066-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): National Seafloor Mapping and Benthic Habitat Studies: Atlantic (LQ000FO)

Principal Investigator(s): Page Valentine

Affiliate Investigator(s): Dr. David Wiley, Stellwagen Bank NMS

Information Specialist(s): Page Valentine

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Environmental Data: Fluorescence, Environmental Data: Turbidity

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect sediment samples and seabed imagery for geological mapping project.


Start Port/Location: Scituate, MA

End Port/Location: Scituate, MA

Start Date: 2014-11-10

End Date: 2014-11-10

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Furuno satellite compass SC-30, 35 mm camera, SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD, GoPro camera

Information to be Derived: Sediment samples and seabed imagery

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Visited locations within Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. A customized Van Veen grab sampler (SEABOSS) equipped with a video camera and a conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD) instrument was deployed in drift mode to collect sediment for grain-size analysis, video imagery of the seabed, and measurements of water column properties. Total stations 44; total CTD casts 43; total sediment samples 28; total video drifts (3.1 to 9.4 min, 0.7 to 2.1 gigabytes) 44; total seabed images 88; total sediment sample images 0.

Staff: Dann Blackwood

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Mobilization will be on Sunday Sep 21, 2014 at the SBNMS dock at 75 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA.
Demob at the same location.
RV AUK is the SBNMS research vessel; 50 ft catamaran.

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2014-055-FA


Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts, United States, North America, Gulf of Maine, North Atlantic

North: 42.28544 South: 42.10637 West: -70.4224 East: -70.19165


photo of Auk


Valentine, P.C., and Cross, V.A., 2019, Location and analyses of sediment samples collected on Stellwagen Bank off Boston, Massachusetts from November 5, 2013 to April 30, 2019 on U.S. Geological Survey field activities: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Valentine, P.C., and Cross, V.A., 2020, Sea-floor sediment samples, seabed imagery, and CTD instrument data collected on Stellwagen Bank in November, 2014, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2014-066-FA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise log (document not focused on specific equipment) Acquisition and observation logs for seabed video and sediment samples collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBOSSThe SEABed Observation and Sampling System (SEABOSS) was used to collect sediment samples with a modified Van Veen sampler and video images of the seabed with GoPro cameras mounted on the frame. A CTD was mounted horizontally on the SEABOSS frame.Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
2014-066-FA_station_summary (Station and data summary for data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
Seabed samples (Location and analyses of sediment samples collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank for this field activity and 19 additional field activities.)
Furuno satellite compass SC-30The location information for stations was acquired from a satellite navigation receiver (Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GPS receiver).Navigation
2014-066-FA_nav (Navigation data collectd aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
35 mm camera --- Photo
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTDIn addition to the CTD water column profiling, the CTD is equipped with auxiliary sensors to measure fluorescence and turbidity.CTD
2014-066-FA_CTD (Conductivity-temperature-depth, fluorescence and turbidity data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
GoPro cameraSeabed video images were collected using a GoPro digital video camera mounted on SEABOSS to provide ground-truth information for geophysical datasets and are used in seabed interpretations. Frame-grab images were extracted from the video.Photo
2014-066-FA_video_driftlines (Video transects of the sea floor collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
2014-066-FA_SeabedImages (Seabed still images collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)

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