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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-001-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Pending

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

Funding Program(s): USGS GAS HYDRATES (LQ000FP)

Principal Investigator(s): Carolyn Ruppel

Affiliate Investigator(s): Amanda Demopoulos, USGS; Nancy Prouty, USGS; Dan Condon, BGS; Diana Sahy, BGS

Information Specialist(s): Carolyn Ruppel

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Surveys, Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Location-Elevation: Transects, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Chemistry, Sampling: Geology, Sonar: Multibeam, Sonar: Sound Velocity

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect geologic and biological samples from Atlantic methane seeps; survey for methane plumes and acquire seafloor backscatter data


Start Port/Location: Lewes, DE

End Port/Location: Lewes, DE

Start Date: 2017-05-01

End Date: 2017-05-12

Equipment Used: Other, Sample containers, Multibeam swath bathymetry, Other, HYPACK, POS-MV, CTD

Information to be Derived: water column imagery, seafloor backscatter, seawater parameters, ecology, authigenic carbonate dates

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered:

Staff: Other

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Project will be funded on R/V SHarp with Global Explorer ROV; anticipate 2-3 USGS operational personnel needed for activity, which will include EK80, USGS-run USBL (rental), and possibly a pole-mounted leased MBES


Atlantic margin, Hatteras to Baltimore Canyon, shelf-break to 1500 m water depth

North: 40.29628652 South: 34.22588611 West: -75.9375 East: -71.55273438


photo of Hugh R. Sharp
Hugh R. Sharp


Ruppel, C., Demopoulos, A., and Prouty, N., Exploring U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin Methane Seeps: IMMeRSS, May 2017: Oceanography.

Ruppel, C., Demopoulos, A., Prouty, N., Sahy, D., and Condon, D., 2017, Exploring U.S. Atlantic Margin Methane Seeps with a Remotely-Operated Vehicle: Fire in the Ice, DOE Newsletter, , URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Other --- --- ---
Sample containers --- Biology
Multibeam swath bathymetry --- Multibeam
Other --- --- ---
HYPACK --- Navigation
POS-MV --- Navigation

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