Field Activity 2016-018-FA

Identifier 2016-018-FA
Purpose High-resolution MCS survey of the continental slope NE of Hudson canyon and SE of Martha's Vineyard. This area is unique along the Atlantic slope in having many landslides and hardly any submarine canyons. The cruise aimed to characterize and tie shelf, slope and rise stratigraphy together. This is also a Science Verification Cruise for the new ship R/V Armstrong, and the cruise is a test of the WHSC MCS streamer and sparker source.
Location Gulf of Maine, United States, North America, North Atlantic;,
Summary Multichannel Seismic: ~225 km of multichannel seismic profiles acquired using 72-channel (6.25 m group spacing) Geoeel Streamer and Applied Acoustic Delta Sparker. Multibeam Bathymetry: 789 linear kms of Kongsberg EM122 and EM712 multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data.
Info derived Multichannel seismic reflection data, Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter
Comments Additional data sets from R/V Neil Armstrong Science Verification Leg 5 (AR5) available from the rolling deck repository at:
Neil Armstrong
LOA: 238 ft; Beam: 50 ft.
Start WH 2016-06-09
End WH 2016-06-13
Days in the field 5
West -70.800391
East -69.460664
North 40.830585
South 39.211804


384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA02543-1598
(508) 548-8700
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution(WHOI)
Woods Hole, MA02543
Principal investigators Nathaniel C Miller
Crew members
Thomas F O'Brien
Scientist, Staff
Wayne E Baldwin
Scientist, Staff
Emile Bergeron
Scientist, Staff
Nathaniel C Miller
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Wayne E Baldwin
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

Data category: Location-Elevation, Seismics, Sonar
Data type: Navigation, Multichannel, Multibeam

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Other Unknown, Multichannel, Boomer, Sub Bottom Profiler, Sparker, Bubble Gun, Air Gun / Water Gun, Ocean Bottom Seismometer, Sonobuoy (no data reported)
EM122 12 kHz multibeam Multibeam (no data reported)
DGPS Navigation (no data reported)
Multichannel seismics Multichannel 1


Datasets produced in this activity

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
2016-018-FA_MCS_published Multichannel seismics High-resolution multichannel seismic reflection data collected along the New England outer continental shelf, slope, and rise south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2016-018-FA. Includes shot coordinate navigation, common mid-point (CMP) coordinate and trackline navigation, profile images, and processed stack and raw SEG-Y trace data for approximately 212 km of multichannel seismic-reflection data in separate files. Wayne E Baldwin


Samples collected during this field activity