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Sidescan Sonar Data From USGS Cruises
Entry ID: SIDESCAN


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Summary
Abstract: Data collected by SOund NAvigation and Ranging systems, commonly called sonar
data, are probably best known by the general public for their use in detection
of enemy vessels during wartime. However, the use of sonar data in the marine
realm has expanded to a great extent over the past few decades to include data
collected by side-looking sonar systems. Because sound travels in the
underwater environment better than visible light or other electromagnetic
energy, sidescan sonar systems are excellent tools for examining the sea floor
and for providing information on its composition and character. Sidescan
sonar data are compilations of reflections off submerged surfaces. A beam of
sound is projected into the underwater environment and the returning or
backscattered echoes help to create a very accurate image of the sea floor.
Using a variety of sonar collection systems, data collection activities have
occurred in coastal ocean and deep water regions worldwide. This documentation
focuses on a specific collection of post-1989, shallow-water, high-resolution
sidescan sonar data. Sidescan sonar data collected by the USGS are distributed
in raw format. Raw sidescan sonar data are defined as data in an archive that
exactly represent the data as originally collected in the field. The digital
data format is consistent for single-beam sidescan sonar data collected since
1989 by USGS Coastal and Marine Geology program personnel at the Woods Hole
Field Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

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Description: The USGS Woods Hole Field Center, on the Quissett Campus of the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is headquarters for
the northeastern section of the USGS' Coastal and Marine Geology Program.
Examples of projects in the Program include fundamental studies of the Earth's
crustal structure beneath the continental margins and studies of coastal
changes along the east coast of the United States.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 32.0 S: 32.0  E: -79.0  W: -79.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: U.S. Geological Survey
Dataset Title: Sidescan Sonar Data From USGS Cruises
Dataset Series Name: Open-File Reports
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: Reston, Virginia, USA
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form: Reports and Imagery


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1997-02-24


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > MASSACHUSETTS


Science Keywords
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BARRIER ISLANDS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >BEACHES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >DELTAS    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >EROSION    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >INLETS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
INLAND WATERS
OCEANS


Platform
SHIPS    [Information]


Instrument
SIDE-SCAN SONAR    [Information]
SONAR >Sound Navigation and Ranging    [Information]


Access Constraints
None. In derived products, please credit the U.S. Geological
Survey's Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Center in Woods Hole,
Massachusetts.


Use Constraints
There is no guarantee of warranty concerning the accuracy of these data. Users should be aware that temporal changes may have occurred since the data was collected and that some parts of these data may no longer represent actual surface conditions. Users should not use these data for critical applications without a full awareness of their limitations. Acknowledgement of the originating agencies would be appreciated in products derived from these data. Any user who modifies the data set is obligated to describe the types of modifications they perform. User specifically agrees not to misrepresent the data set, nor to imply that changes made were approved or endorsed by the U.S. Geological Survey. Please refer to http://www.usgs.gov/privacy.html for the USGS disclaimer.


Keywords
CRUISES
USGS/EROS
IMAGERY
OPEN-FILE REPORTS
REMOTE SENSING
SIDESCAN
SONAR
USGS


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
USGS/EROS


Data Center
Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://eros.usgs.gov/
Dataset ID: SIDESCAN

Data Center Personnel
Name: EROS CENTER
Phone: 605-594-6151
Phone: 800-252-4547
Fax: 605-594-6589
Email: lta at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
LTA Customer Services
U.S. Geological Survey
EROS Center
47914 252nd Street
City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198-0001
Country: USA


Personnel
WILLIAM W. DANFORTH
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 508-457-2274
Fax: 508-457-2310
Email: bwd at boomer.er.usgs.gov
Contact Address:
USGS Woods Hole Field Center
384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543-1598
Country: USA


INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 605-594-6594
Fax: 605-594-6589
Email: custserv at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
Information Systems Management
U.S. Geological Survey
EROS Data Center
47914 252nd Street
City: Sioux Falls
Province or State: SD
Postal Code: 57198-0001
Country: USA


WILLIAM C. SCHWAB
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 508-457-2299
Fax: 508-457-2310
Email: bschwab at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
USGS Woods Hole Field Center
384 Woods Hole Road
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543-1598
Country: USA


Publications/References
Bemis, B.L., Schwab, W.C., and Paskevich, V.F., 1997, Archive
of the ISIS sidescan sonar and navigation field data collected
on USGS cruise 97009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File
Report 97-485 [variously paged].

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-08
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-05-24


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