Field Activity 2015-017-FA

Identifier 2015-017-FA
Purpose Collect sediment samples and seabed imagery for geological mapping project.
Location Stellwagen Bank, Massachusetts, United States, North America, Gulf of Maine, North Atlantic
Summary 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 61; total CTD casts 60; total sediment samples 52; total video drifts (3.5 to 14.2 min, 0.8 to 3.1 gigabytes) 60; total seabed images 120; total sediment sample images 0.
Info derived Sediment samples and seabed imagery for geological mapping project.
Comments Mobilization will be on Friday, May 8, 2015 at SBNMS in Scituate. Demob at the same location. RV AUK is the SBNMS research vessel; 50 ft catamaran.
Length: 50 feet; Beam: 20 feet.
Start Scituate, MA 2015-05-18
End Scituate, MA 2015-06-03
Days in the field 3
West -70.47927853
East -70.19302368
North 42.42976382
South 42.13534754


384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA02543-1598
(508) 548-8700
Principal investigators Page C Valentine
Crew members
Dann S Blackwood
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Page C Valentine
Specialist, Information
Affiliate principal Dr. David Wiley, Stellwagen Bank NMS

Data types and categories

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

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Furuno satellite compass SC-30 The location information for stations was acquired from a satellite navigation receiver (Furuno satellite compass SC-30, GPS receiver) at two second to eleven second intervals. Navigation 1
SeaBOSS The 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, Photo, Video, Geology, Biology 2
GoPro camera Seabed 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 2
SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD In addition to the CTD water column profiling, the CTD is equipped with auxiliary sensors to measure fluorescence and turbidity. The instrument was mounted on the SEABOSS frame. CTD, Fluorescence, Turbidity 1
35 mm camera Photo (no data reported)


Datasets produced in this activity

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
2015-017-FA_nav Furuno satellite compass SC-30 Navigation data collectd aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, XLSX and CSV formats). Page C Valentine
2015-017-FA_station_summary SeaBOSS Station and data summary for data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, point shapefile, XLSX and CSV formats)
stellwagen_2103_2019_sedsamps SeaBOSS Sediment samples for this field activity (as well as 19 additional field activities) collected on Stellwagen Bank.
2015-017-FA_SeabedImages GoPro camera 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). Page C Valentine
2015-017-FA_video_driftlines GoPro camera Video transects of the sea floor collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (Geographic, WGS 84, polyline shapefile format). Page C Valentine
2015-017-FA_CTD SBE 19plus V2 SeaCAT Profiler CTD Conductivity-temperature-depth, fluorescence and turbidity data collected aboard the R/V Auk on Stellwagen Bank (text files). Page C Valentine

Datasets not currently associated with specific equipment

Dataset name Description Dataset contact
q5_geologic_interp Interpretation of the seabed geologic substrates in quadrangle 5 of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region offshore of Boston, Massachusetts based on data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey from 1993-2019. Page C Valentine
q5_stations_geology Station locations in quadrangle 5 in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offshore of Boston, Massachusetts where video, photographs and sediment samples were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey from 1993-2015 - includes sediment sample analyses and interpreted geologic substrate Page C Valentine


Samples collected during this field activity