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Field Activity Details for field activity 2019-007-FA

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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): Imagery: Photo, Environmental Data: CTD, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

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


Start Port/Location: Scituate, MA

End Port/Location: Scituate, MA

Start Date: 2019-04-22

End Date: 2019-04-26

Equipment Used: Nikon 7100 digital camera, SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD, SeaBOSS, Furuno satellite compass SC-30, SeaViewer 6000 HD Sea-Drop video camera, GoPro camera

Information to be Derived: Sediment samples for geological mapping

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: See 2019-007-FA for details.

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 in Scituate, MA


Stellwagen Bank NMS

North: 42.5 South: 42 West: -70.5 East: -70


photo of Auk


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,

Valentine, P.C., and Cross, V.A., 2022, Station information, seabed and sample imagery, and CTD instrument data collected on Stellwagen Bank from May 2016 to April 2019: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise log (document not focused on specific equipment) Acquisition and observation log for seabed video and sediment samples collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
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
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTDIn addition to the CTD water column profiling, the CTD is equipped with auxiliary sensors to measure fluorescence and turbidity. The instruments were mounted on the SEABOSS frame.CTD
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.Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
Furuno satellite compass SC-30The location information for stations was acquired from a satellite navigation receiver (Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GPS receiver).Navigation
SeaViewer 6000 HD Sea-Drop video cameraUsed to guide obstacle avoidance.Video
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

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