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Field Activity Details for field activity 2016-012-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 Wylie, SBNMS

Information Specialist(s): Dann Blackwood

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

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

Vehicle(s):

Start Port/Location: Scituate, MA

End Port/Location: Scituate, MA

Start Date: 2016-05-18

End Date: 2016-05-20

Equipment Used: GoPro camera, SeaBOSS, SeaViewer 6000 HD Sea-Drop video camera, Furuno satellite compass SC-30, SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD

Information to be Derived: Sediment samples and seabed imagery for geological mapping

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 56; total CTD casts 56; total sediment samples 46; total video drifts (3.5 to 12 min, 0.8 to 2.6 gigabytes) 56; total seabed images 112; total sediment sample images 50.

Staff: Dann Blackwood

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Travel to and from Scituate, MA for day-cruises to Stellwagen Bank.

CTD required as for previous cruises.

Location:

Stellwagen Bank NMS

Boundaries
North: 42.5 South: 42 West: -70.5 East: -70

Platform(s):

photo of Auk
Auk

Publications

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, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9FWFLPD.

Valentine, P.C., and Cross, V.A., 2022, Station information, seabed and sample imagery, and CTD instrument data collected on Stellwagen Bank from May 2016 to April 2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9ERNGJ2.

Wiley, D., Valentine, P., Cabe, B., Robbins, J., Kaufman, L., 2016, The distribution and relative abundance of sand lance, seabirds and whales in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (2013-2016) [abs.]: , Regional Association for Research in the Gulf of Maine Annual Science Meeting. Portsmouth, NH, October 13, 2016.

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Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise log - volume 1 (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.
Cruise log - volume 2 (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
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. Also used to capture images of the recovered sediment samples.Photo
Video
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
Photo
Video
Geology
Biology
SeaViewer 6000 HD Sea-Drop video cameraUsed to guide obstacle avoidance. Mounted on the SEABOSSVideo
Furuno satellite compass SC-30The location information for stations was acquired from a satellite navigation receiver (Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GPS receiver).Navigation
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. The instruments were mounted on the SEABOSS frame.CTD
Fluorescence
Turbidity

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