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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-022-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Laura Brothers, William Schwab

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Seth Ackerman

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, 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: 2017-05-02

End Date: 2017-05-04

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

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 21 sampling sites in Nantucket Sound aboard the R/V Tioga on May 4, 2017. Navigation was determined with a WAAS-enabled Garmin GPSMAP 76C GPS receiver that was located atop the wheelhouse of the Tioga.

Staff: Seth Ackerman, Dann Blackwood, Laura Brothers, Elizabeth Pendleton

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Mini Sea Boss operations will be conducted North of Nantucket as part of an agreement with MA CZM to map the geology of MA waters.
Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2016-005-FA


North of Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States, Atlantic Ocean

North: 41.44272638 South: 41.37320176 West: -70.12023926 East: -70.03166199


photo of Tioga


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

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