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Field Activity Details for field activity 2015-315-FA

Other ID: 15CCT02, 15CCT03, 15CCT04, 15CCT05

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s): Sea-level and Storm Impacts on Estuarine Environments and Shorelines - SSIEES (GX.18.MN00.F1M10.00)

Principal Investigator(s): Terrence McCloskey, Christopher Smith

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Nancy DeWitt

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Sonar: Sidescan, Sonar: Single Beam, Sonar: Sound Velocity

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To collect sediment cores and geophysical data to assess marsh history.

Vehicle(s): Ford F-350 Dually - Silver (GSA)

Start Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

End Port/Location: St. Petersburg, FL

Start Date: 2015-05-27

End Date: 2015-06-06

Equipment Used: Ashtech ProFlex 800 GNSS Receiver, Ashtech Z-Xtreme DGPS, Choke Ring Antenna, Collapsible Tripod, Garmin GPS, GPS , GPS Pole, Grab Sampler, Peat Corer, Chirp 424, Other, Klein Side Scan, Valeport SVP

Information to be Derived: core descriptons, bulk density, LOI, Pb-210, Cs-137, foram assemblages, bathymetry xyz, bathymetry grids, sub bottom profiles, side scan sonar mosaic

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 0 sediment cores; 127 chirp subbottom profile lines; 144 XTF and 142 SDF line files of SSS; 304 lines of SBB; 87 SVP; 335 SBB waveform files in DSO format recorded using eChart and 275 in BIN format recorded in HYPACK, 32 ponars, 5 marsh samples, 25 radium samples, 20+ foram samples; 4 days of continuous radon in water measurements and 1.5 days of continuous radon in air measurements.

Staff: Nancy DeWitt, Joseph Fredericks, Chelsea Kuhs, Stanley Locker, Terrence McCloskey, Christopher Smith, Cathryn Wheaton

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: 15CCT02 = Sediment Sampling;
15CCT03 = Twin Vee = RV Jabba Jaw collecting sub-bottom profiler and side scan sonar;
15CCT04 = Jet Ski = RV Chum (blue)collecting Single beam bathymetry;
14CCT04 = Jet Ski = RV Shark (white)collecting Single beam bathymetry
Sediment Samples are staged to be archived and are on the East Wall of the Sed Lab as of July 18th, 2018.

Location:

Grand Bay, AL/MS and Pascaguola, MS

Boundaries
North: 30.42732018 South: 30.2790872 West: -88.5373 East: -88.30902148

Platform(s):

photo of Mako (SP)
Mako (SP)
photo of Personal Water Craft (White WVR1 - Shark)
Personal Water Craft (White WVR1 - Shark)
photo of Twin Vee (Jabba Jaw)
Twin Vee (Jabba Jaw)

Publications

DeWitt, N.T., Stalk, C.A., Smith, C.G., Locker, S.D., Fredericks, J.J., McCloskey, T.A., Wheaton, C.J., 2017, Single-beam bathymetry data collected in 2015 from Grand Bay, Alabama-Mississippi: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1070, https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1070.

DeWitt, N.T., Stalk, C.A., Smith, C.G., Locker, S.D., Fredericks, J.J., McCloskey, T.A., Wheaton, C.J., 2016, Single-beam bathymetry data collected in 2015 from Grand Bay, Mississippi/Alabama: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7NP22M2.

Locker, S.D., Forde, A.S., Smith, C.G., 2018, Subbottom and sidescan sonar data acquired in 2015 from Grand Bay, Mississippi and Alabama: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9374DKQ.

Marot, M.E., Smith, C.G., McCloskey, T.A., Locker, S.D., Khan, N.S., Smith, K.E.L., 2020, Sedimentary data from Grand Bay, Alabama/Mississippi, 2014-2016 (Version 1.1): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9FO8R3Y.

Marot, M.E., Smith, C.G., McCloskey, T.A., Locker, S.D., Khan, N.S., Smith, K.E.L., 2019, Sedimentary Data from Grand Bay, Alabama/Mississippi, 2014-2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9FO8R3Y.

Portals/Viewers

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Ashtech ProFlex 800 GNSS Receiver --- Benchmarks
Navigation
Ashtech Z-Xtreme DGPS --- Benchmarks
Navigation
Choke Ring Antenna --- Benchmarks
Navigation
Collapsible Tripod --- Benchmarks
Navigation
Profiles
Transects
Garmin GPS --- Navigation
GPS --- Navigation
GPS Pole --- Navigation
Profiles
Transects
Grab Sampler --- Biology
Geology
Peat Corer --- Biology
Geology
Chirp 424 --- Sub Bottom Profiler
2015-315-FA_arc.zip (Survey trackline locations)
2015-315-FA_segy.zip (Unprocessed digital chirp subbottom trace data)
Other --- --- ---
Klein Side Scan --- Sidescan
2015-315-FA_xtf.zip (Unprocessed Klein SonarPro xtf data files)
2015-315-FA_SSSMosaic. zip (Processed sidescan sonar backscatter imagery merged into a mosaic at 30 centimeter pixel resolution. NOTE: Backscatter intensity is represented by a gray-scale pallet with high backscatter intensities as darker grays )
Valeport SVP --- Sound Velocity

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