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Field Activity Details for field activity 2016-005-FA

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Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): High-resolution geologic mapping offshore of Massachusetts (LQ00AWW)

Principal Investigator(s): Laura Brothers, William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Seth Ackerman

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To collect ground truth samples to help characterize the seafloor


Start Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

End Port/Location: Falmouth, MA

Start Date: 2016-05-01

End Date: 2016-05-07

Equipment Used: SeaViewer 6000 HD Sea-Drop video camera, DGPS, SeaBOSS, GoPro camera, HYPACK

Information to be Derived: grain size, seafloor character

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The mini-SEABOSS was used to collected photos, videos and sediment samples at 55 sampling sites in Nantucket Sound aboard the R/V Rafael between on May 2-7, 2016. Navigation was determined with the Rafael's Hemisphere GPS receiver.

Staff: Seth Ackerman, Dann Blackwood, Laura Brothers, Barry Irwin, William Schwab

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Mini Sea Boss operations were conducted North of Nantucket as part of an agreement with MA CZM to map the geology of MA waters.


North of Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States, Atlantic Ocean

North: 41.45424225 South: 41.30149473 West: -70.3221 East: -69.97301636


photo of Rafael


Huntley, E.C., Ackerman, S.D., Brothers, L.L., Blackwood, D.S., Irwin, B.J., and Pendleton, E.A., 2020, Sea-floor sediment and imagery data collected in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, 2016 and 2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaViewer 6000 HD Sea-Drop video camera --- Video
DGPS --- Navigation
SeaBOSS --- Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
GoPro camera --- Photo
HYPACK --- Navigation

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