Field Activity 2010-003-FA

Identifier 2010-003-FA
Purpose Sea floor mapping of coastal areas along the Elizabeth Islands.
Location Cuttyhunk, Elizabeth Islands, Vineyard Sound, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;
Summary The nearshore areas along both the Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay sides of the Elizabeth Islands extending from Quicks Hole to the western end of Sow and Pigs Reef were surveyed using swath bathymetric, sidescan sonar, and seismic reflection techniques. Equipment problems and weather limited the survey to six days. The data were all of high quality, although sub-bottom penetration on the seismic data was limited for much of the area because of extensive fields of boulders.
Comments Project = Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM) Seafloor Mapping - Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (MA CZM) Seafloor Mapping - Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound
25 feet
Start Cuttyhunk, MA 2010-09-09
End Cuttyhunk, MA 2010-09-17
Days in the field 9
West -70.99609338
East -70.84774017
North 41.46162535
South 41.38696953


384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA02543-1598
(508) 548-8700
Principal investigators David C Twichell
Crew members
David S Foster
Scientist, Staff
Elizabeth P Pendleton
Scientist, Staff
Charles R Worley
Scientist, Staff
Barry J Irwin
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Elizabeth P Pendleton
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

Data category: Location-Elevation, Seismics, Sonar
Data type: Interferometric, Navigation, Sub Bottom Profiler, Sidescan

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Real Time Kinematic GPS Navigation 1
EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler Sub Bottom Profiler 2
Klein 531 sidescan Sidescan 2
SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz Interferometric 1


Datasets produced in this activity

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
2010-003-FA-LN-001-01 Real Time Kinematic GPS Hypack Navigation data are included as an archive documenting the survey area surrounding the Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts and the instrumentation used to manage the ship's navigation. David C Twichell
2010-003-FA-SE-001 EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler Raw chirp 424 segy data from Cuttyhunk CZM survey Linda P McCarthy
2010-003-FA-SE-001-01 EdgeTech 424 chirp sub-bottom profiler PNG images of each seismic profile were generated in order to incorporate images of the seismic data into Geographic Information System (GIS) projects and data archives utilizing HTML. These PNG images represent approximately 253 km of chirp seismic data collected with the EdgeTech 424 in Sept. 2010. This format is universal and yields an easily browseable pictorial view of the seismic profiles. Each profile image is hotlinked to its corresponding trackline navigation contained within a polyline shapefile ('2010-003-FA_Chirp424_tracklines.shp'), and even 500 shot-point locations are available in a point shapefile ('2010-003-FA_Chirp424_500sht.shp). All of these data are available in an ESRI ArcMap project, as well as separate .zip archives on this digital data DVD archive (). David C Twichell
2010-003-FA-SO-001 Klein 531 sidescan Raw Sidescan xtf files from Cuttyhunk CZM survey on (4) BD-R disc's. Linda P McCarthy
2010-003-FA-SO-001-01 Klein 531 sidescan This GeoTIFF (Tagged Image File Format) image contains sidescan sonar data that were collected in Sept. 2010. These data are used to define the seafloor geology surrounding the western Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts Elizabeth P Pendleton
2010-003-FA-BA-001-01 SEA SWATHplus-M 234 kHz This grid represents approximately 24.5 square km of bathymetric data that were collected in 2010. These data are used to define the sea-floor morphology surrounding the nearshore of the western Elizabeth Islands, Massachusetts. This interpolated grid provides a complete seafloor surface for data visualization and presentation. Elizabeth P Pendleton

Datasets not currently associated with specific equipment

Dataset name Description Dataset contact
BuzzBay_10m Buzzards Bay: continuous bathymetry and topography terrain model of the Massachusetts coastal zone and continental shelf, (32-bit GeoTIFF, UTM 19 NAD 83, NAVD 88 vertical datum) Brian Andrews
BuzzBay_Source Buzzards Bay: Polygon boundaries for source data of a continuous bathymetry and topography terrain model of the Massachusetts coastal zone and continental shelf: (Esri polygon shapefile, Geographic, NAD 83) Brian Andrews


Samples collected during this field activity