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Field Activity Details for field activity 2017-621-FA

AKA: Ocean_Starr_2017

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s): Coastal and marine earthquake, tsunami, and landslide active margin field studies (ZP00EQV)

Principal Investigator(s): Daniel Brothers

Affiliate Investigator(s): Nathan Miller (WHSC)

Information Specialist(s): Alicia Balster-gee, Patrick Hart, Jared Kluesner

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Seismics: Boomer, Seismics: Multichannel, Seismics: Sonobuoy, Seismics: Sparker

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Acquire high-resolution multichannel seismic profiles along the Queen Charlotte Fault System to better understand earthquake and tsunami hazards throughout the SE Alaska region.

Vehicle(s): None

Start Port/Location: Seattle

End Port/Location: Juneau

Start Date: 2017-06-27

End Date: 2017-07-26

Equipment Used: YoNav, Other, Multichannel, chirp, Mini sparker, Sonobuoy

Information to be Derived: Fault structure, deformation history, seismic stratigraphy, and assessments of slope stability

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Chirp, MCS, and sonobuoy line data submitted to FAD. Collected 3000 km of high-resolution multichannel sparker profiles, 300 km of subbottom Chirp profiles and one 80 km sonobuoy profile.

Staff: Daniel Brothers, Jackson Currie, Patrick Hart, Jared Kluesner, Maureen Walton

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Collaborative effort between PCMSC and WHSC


Southeastern Alaska continental slope

North: 60.58696734 South: 54.62856439 West: -142.91015625 East: -131.23046875




Balster-Gee, A.F., Brothers, D.S., Kluesner, J.W., Miller, N.C., Haeussler, P.J., O'Brien, T.F., Marcuson, R.K., Hart, P.E., Conrad, J.E., Walton, M.L., and Nichols, A.R., 2022, Multichannel sparker and chirp seismic reflection data collected offshore South East Alaska during USGS Field Activity 2017-621-FA: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
YoNav --- Navigation
Other --- --- ---
Multichannel --- Multichannel
chirp --- Boomer
Mini sparker --- Sparker
Sonobuoy --- Sonobuoy

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