Field Activity 2016-004-FA

Identifier 2016-004-FA
Purpose Collect seabed sediment samples and seabed imagery for geological mapping project
Location Stellwagen Bank NMS
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 19; total CTD casts 19; total sediment samples 17; total video drifts (3.3 to 5.6 min, 0.8 to 1.3 gigabytes) 19; total seabed images 38; total sediment sample images 0.
Info derived Seabed sediment samples and seabed imagery for geological mapping project
Comments Travel to Scituate, MA for day-cruises to Stellwagen Bank
Length: 50 feet; Beam: 20 feet.
Start Scituate, MA 2016-01-28
End Scituate, MA 2016-01-28
Days in the field 1
West -70.5
East -70
North 42.5
South 42


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)
Dann S Blackwood
Specialist, Information
Affiliate principal Dr. David Wylie, SBNMS

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
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
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
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 intervals. Navigation 1
35 mm camera Photo (no data reported)


Datasets produced in this activity

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
2016-004-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
2016-004-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
2016-004-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
2016-004-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). Page C Valentine
stellwagen_2013_2019_sedsamps SeaBOSS Sediment samples for this field activity (as well as 19 additional field activities) collected on Stellwagen Bank. Page C Valentine
2016-004-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


Samples collected during this field activity