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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-009-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, Environmental Data: Fluorescence, Environmental Data: Turbidity

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

Vehicle(s):

Start Port/Location: Plymouth, MA

End Port/Location: Plymouth, MA

Start Date: 2017-01-30

End Date: 2017-01-30

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GoPro camera, Nikon 7100 digital camera, SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD

Information to be Derived: Sediment samples and photo/video 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 13; total CTD casts 13; total sediment samples 13; total video drifts (6 to 12 minutes, 1.4 to 2.7 gigabytes) 13; total seabed images 26; total sediment sample images 19.

Staff: Dann Blackwood

Affiliate Staff:

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

CTD required as for previous cruises.

Load Auk on Friday, Jan 27 in Plymouth, MA.



Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2016-038-FA

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., 2019, Sea floor sediment samples, seabed imagery, and CTD water column data collected on Stellwagen Bank in January 2017, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2017-009-FA: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9THIZBB.

Portals/Viewers

Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise log (document not focused on specific equipment) cquisition 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
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 and its maximum depth is approximately 1 meter above the seabed.Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
Photo
Video
Geology
Biology
2017-009-FA_station_summary (Station and data summary for data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
2017-009-FA_sedsamples (Location and analyses of sediment samples collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, point shapefile, XLSX and CSV formats).)
Furuno satellite compass SC-30The location information for stations was acquired from a satellite navigation receiver (Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GPS receiver) at two second intervals with a horizontal accuracy of 10 m. The navigation antenna is located 5.3 m forward of the SEABOSS deployment location. This offset was not accounted for in the navigation acquisition.Navigation
2017-009-FA_nav (Navigation data collectd aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
GoPro cameraSeabed video images were collected using a battery-operated, high-definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) GoPro digital video camera mounted on the USGS SEABed Observation and Sampling System (SEABOSS). The SEABOSS system had two GoPro cameras and a Seaviewer camera attached to it. The Seaviewer camera had a live feed to the surface and was used only to observe obstacles, like gill nets and lobster gear, in order to avoid entanglement. In the case of camera failure, the additional cameras provided backup video.Photo
Video
2017-009-FA_SeabedImages (Seabed still images (frame grabs) collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (JPEG image format. EXIF headers have been added to include navigation and other meta tags).)
2017-009-FA_video_driftlines (Video transects of the sea floor collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)
Nikon 7100 digital cameraStill images of sediment sample surfaces were collected using a hand-held Nikon 7100 digital camera with a resolution of 24 megapixels (6000 x 4000 pixels), using a 18-200x zoom lens with an aperture ranging from f3.5 to f5.6. A Nikon macro Speedlight was used for illumination.Photo
2017-009-FA_SampleImages (Grab sample still images collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (JPEG image format. EXIF headers have been added to include navigation and other meta tags).)
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTDThese data were collected with a Sea-Bird CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth) instrument - a SBE 19plus SeaCAT Profiler CTD. In addition to the CTD water column profiling, the CTD is equipped with auxiliary sensors to measure fluorescence and turbidity. This instrument was deployed on the USGS SEABed Observation and Sampling System (SEABOSS). The CTD is mounted horizontally on the SEABOSS frame and its maximum depth is approximately 1 meter above the seabed.CTD
Fluorescence
Turbidity
2017-009-FA_CTD (Conductivity-temperature-depth data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank)

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