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Field Activity Details for field activity 2021-016-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. Tammy Silva, SBNMS Dr. David Wylie, SBNMS

Information Specialist(s): Seth Ackerman

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Environmental Data: Turbidity, Environmental Data: Fluorescence, 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: 2021-07-16

End Date: 2021-07-23

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

Information to be Derived: Sediment samples 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.

Staff: Brian Andrews

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 on Friday, July 16, 2021.


Stellwagen Bank NMS

North: 42.43742154 South: 42.15435559 West: -70.50231928 East: -70.07873579


photo of Auk


Valentine, P.C., and Cross, V.A., 2023, Sea-floor sediment samples, seabed and sample imagery, and CTD instrument data collected on Stellwagen Bank from September 2020 to August 2021: 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 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
Nikon 7100 digital camera --- Photo
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD --- CTD
Furuno satellite compass SC-30 --- Navigation
SeaBOSS --- Surveys (biological)
Experiments (biological)
Species ID
GoPro camera --- Photo

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