Donated data 2021-603-DD

Identifier 2021-603-DD
Data provider Three donated AUV cruises were conducted aboard the MBARI R/V Rachel Carson from 25-28 April 2018, 14-19 March 2019, and 10-11 May 2019. These surveys targeted channel, pockmark, and structural features in the CalDIG (California Deepwater Investigations and Groundtruthing) study region. A total of 20 AUV dives between the three cruises were conducted. The MBARI AUV carries a Reson 7125, a 400 kHz multibeam sonar system, and an Edgetech 1-6 kHz Chirp sub-bottom profile system (e.g., Caress et al., 2008). The 20 AUV surveys contain coincident ultrahigh-resolution multibeam bathymetry and low-altitude Chirp data. During multibeam acquisition, Chirp tracklines were conducted parallel to multibeam contours and tied together with widerspaced crossing lines. All data were processed by MBARI technicians. AUV bathymetric data were generally gridded to ~1 m cell size, and Chirp sub-bottom profile data were altitude corrected. AUV bathymetry and Chirp data will available for download via a USGS data release in spring of 2021.
Location Morro Bay, California
Comments Location-Elevation USBL - Kearfott SeaDevil inertial navigation system (INS). Cruise affiliated with: 2021-604-DD and 2021-605-DD.
Start (port not specified) 2018-04-25
End (port not specified) 2018-04-28
West -122.16796875
East -119.64111328
North 35.60371874
South 33.57801475


Crew members
Information specialist(s)
Maureen AL Walton
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

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

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Other Unknown, Profiles, Transects, Benchmarks, LIDAR, Navigation (no data reported)
0.5-16 kHz Sub Bottom Profiler (no data reported)
0.5-16 kHz receiver Sub Bottom Profiler 1


Datasets produced in this activity

Dataset name Equipment Description Dataset contact
Donated AUV bathymetry data collected during Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) cruise in April 2018 offshore of south-central California 0.5-16 kHz receiver This dataset consists of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) bathymetry data collected in April 2018 aboard the R/V Rachel Carson, which is owned and operated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). During the cruise, bathymetry data were collected across six AUV dives, all six of which collected coincident bathymetry and Chirp seismic-reflection data. Daniel J Kennedy


Samples collected during this field activity