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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-030-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: Turbidity, Environmental Data: Fluorescence, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Video, Imagery: Photo, Environmental Data: CTD

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

Vehicle(s):

Start Port/Location: Scituate, MA

End Port/Location: Scituate, MA

Start Date: 2017-05-18

End Date: 2017-05-23

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Nikon 7100 digital camera, Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GoPro camera, 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 50; total CTD casts 50; total sediment samples 41; total video drifts (4 to 14 min, 0.8 to 3.2 gigabytes) 50; total seabed images 100; total sediment sample images 82.

Staff: Dann Blackwood

Affiliate Staff:

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

CTD required as for previous cruises.

Load Auk on Wed, May 17 in Scituate, MA


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

Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2017-009-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 instrument data collected on Stellwagen Bank in May 2017, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2017-030-FA: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P94GOZ7C.

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Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise log (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
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.Experiments (biological)
Surveys (biological)
Photo
Video
Biology
Geology
Species ID
2017-030-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).)
2017-030-FA_station_summary ( Station and data summary for data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, point shapefile, XLSX and CSV formats))
Nikon 7100 digital cameraA Nikon 7100 camera was used to take photos of the sediment sample in the grab sampler to document the texture of the seabed surface, the degree of disturbance during sampling, biological features such as worm tubes, and to estimate the volume of sediment collected.Photo
2017-030-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).)
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.Navigation
2017-030-FA_nav ( Navigation data collectd aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, XLSX and CSV formats).)
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.Photo
Video
2017-030-FA_SeabedImages ( Seabed 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).)
2017-030-FA_video_driftlines ( Video transects of the sea floor collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, polyline shapefile format).)
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.Turbidity
Fluorescence
CTD
2017-030-FA_CTD ( Conductivity-temperature-depth data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (text files).)

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