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Data Series 1041

Coastal Single-Beam Bathymetry Data Collected in 2015 from Raccoon Point to Point Au Fer Island, Louisiana

By Chelsea A. Stalk,1 Nancy T. DeWitt,2 Jack L. Kindinger,2 James G. Flocks,2 Billy J. Reynolds,2 Kyle W. Kelso,2 Jake J. Fredericks,2 and Thomas M. Tuten1

1Cherokee Nation Technologies.
2U.S. Geological Survey.

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Photograph along the shoreline of Point Au Fer Island looking east, taken July 2015.
Photograph along the shoreline of Point Au Fer Island looking east, taken July 2015. Photograph from the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center. [Click photograph to enlarge]

As part of the Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring Program (BICM), scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted a nearshore single-beam bathymetry survey along the south-central coast of Louisiana, from Raccoon Point to Point Au Fer Island, in July 2015. The goal of the BICM program is to provide long-term data on Louisiana’s coastline and use this data to plan, design, evaluate, and maintain current and future barrier island restoration projects. The data described in this report will provide baseline bathymetric information for future research investigating island evolution, sediment transport, and recent and long-term geomorphic change, and will support modeling of future changes in response to restoration and storm impacts. The survey area encompasses more than 300 square kilometers (km2) of nearshore environment from Raccoon Point to Point Au Fer Island. This data series serves as an archive of processed single-beam bathymetry data, collected from July 22–29, 2015, under USGS Field Activity Number 2015-320-FA. Geographic information system data products include a 200-meter-cell-size interpolated bathymetry grid, trackline maps, and point data files. Additional files include error analysis maps, Field Activity Collection System (FACS) logs, and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata.

Note that these data are scientific in nature and are not to be used for navigation purposes. Any use of trade names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Funding for this project was provided through the Barrier Island Coastal Monitoring Program and the State of Louisiana.

The authors would like to thank the State of Louisiana Coastal Protection Restoration Authority (CPRA) for their collaboration and effort involved with this research, as well as the Jugs Marina, Falgout Canal Marina, and staff of the City of Houma, Louisiana, for the use of their facilities and logistical support. Lastly, the authors thank Noreen Buster, Julie Bernier, Arnell Ford, and Jolene Gittens (U.S. Geological Survey) for conducting scientific, editorial, metadata, and Web design reviews that substantially improved the content and presentation of this report.

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This publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Although these data were processed successfully on a computer system at the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system, or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution imply any such warranty. The U.S. Geological Survey shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and (or) contained herein. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof.

Suggested Citation

Stalk, C.A., DeWitt, N.T., Kindinger, J.L., Flocks, J.G., Reynolds, B.J., Kelso, K.W., Fredericks, J.J., and Tuten, T.M., 2017, Coastal single-beam bathymetry data collected in 2015 from Raccoon Point to Point Au Fer Island, Louisiana: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1041,


Chelsea A. Stalk
Cherokee Nation Technologies
Contracted to U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
600 4th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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