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Field Activity Details for field activity 2016-043-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Remote Sensing Coastal Change (ZP00GJA)

Principal Investigator(s): Christopher Sherwood

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Ellyn Montgomery

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Monitor changes in beach and nearshore topograpy and habitat


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole

End Port/Location: Woods Hole

Start Date: 2016-09-21

End Date: 2016-09-21

Equipment Used: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Spectra Precision SP80

Information to be Derived: additional late summer beach elevation data for benchmarks

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: A UAS survey was conducted to further enhance our capacity. This one is for the pre-winter baseline.

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Sandra Brosnahan, Barry Irwin, Ellyn Montgomery, Alexander Nichols

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2016-013-FA.

The purpose of this work is to map the pre-winter beach shape as a baseline.


Sandwich Town Neck Beach, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, United States, Atlantic Ocean

North: 41.77207984 South: 41.76102377 West: -70.491 East: -70.47006607


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Montgomery E.T., Sherwood, C.R., Traykovski, P.A., Irwin, B.J., Borden, J., Martini, M.A., and Miner, S., 2019, Geotagged low-altitude aerial imagery from unmanned aerial systems flights over Town Neck Beach, in Sandwich, Massachusetts, with associated ground control points, and transects collected by the U.S. Geological Survey on January 22, January 25, February 11, March 30, and September 21, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Sherwood, C.R., Over, J.R., and Soenen, K., 2021, Structure from motion products associated with UAS flights in Sandwich, Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) --- Photo
2016043FA_Sandwich_ASimages (Geotagged low-altitude aerial imagery from Unmanned Aerial System flights over Town Neck Beach, in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on 2016-09-21)
Spectra Precision SP80 --- Navigation

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