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Data Series 1081


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Nearshore Coastal Bathymetry Data Collected in 2016 From West Ship Island to Horn Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi

By Nancy T. DeWitt,1 Chelsea A. Stalk,2 Jake J. Fredericks,1 James G. Flocks,1 Kyle W. Kelso,1 Andrew S. Farmer,2 Thomas M. Tuten,2 and Noreen A. Buster1

1U.S. Geological Survey
2Cherokee Nation Technologies

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Abstract

Oblique aerial photograph looking east-southeast at Ship Island showing Fort Massachusetts and the pier, September 2016
Oblique aerial photograph looking east-southeast at West Ship Island showing Fort Massachusetts and the pier, September 2016. Photograph by Amy Hartsfield, Amy & Company, Inc. (Morgan, 2017). [Click image to enlarge]

Oblique aerial photograph looking east-southeast at Ship Island showing Horn Island, September 2016.
Oblique aerial photograph of Horn Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi, September 2016. Photograph by Amy Hartsfield, Amy & Company, Inc. (Morgan, 2017). [Click image to enlarge]

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, conducted bathymetric surveys of the nearshore waters surrounding Ship and Horn Islands, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi. The objective of this study was to establish base-level elevation conditions around West Ship, East Ship, and Horn Islands and their associated active littoral system prior to restoration activities. These activities include the closure of Camille Cut and the placement of sediment in the littoral zone of East Ship Island. These surveys can be compared with future surveys to monitor sediment migration patterns post-restoration and can also be measured against historic bathymetric datasets to further our understanding of island evolution.

The USGS collected 667 line-kilometers (km) of single-beam bathymetry data and 844 line-km of interferometric swath bathymetry data in July 2016 under Field Activity Number 2016-347-FA. Data are provided in three datums: (1) the International Terrestrial Reference Frame of 2000 (ellipsoid height); (2) the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) CORS96 realization and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 with respect to the GEOID12B model (orthometric height); and (3) NAD83 (CORS96) and Mean Lower Low Water (tidal datum). Data products, including x,y,z point datasets, trackline shapefiles, digital and handwritten Field Activity Collection Systems logs, 50-meter digital elevation model, and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata, are available for download.

Acknowledgments

Author contributions are as follows:

  • Nancy T. DeWitt—Field acquisition, single-beam bathymetry data processing, and report preparation
  • Chelsea A. Stalk—Field acquisition, single-beam bathymetry data processing, and report preparation
  • Jake J. Fredericks—Field acquisition and interferometric swath bathymetry data processing
  • James G. Flocks—Principal Investigator
  • Kyle W. Kelso—Field acquisition and survey support
  • Andrew S. Farmer—Field acquisition and survey support
  • Thomas M. Tuten—Field acquisition and survey support
  • Noreen A. Buster—Digital elevation model synthesis

The authors would like to thank the following:

  • The National Park Service, Gulf Islands National Seashore, specifically Jolene Williams for her field guidance.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, and the Engineer Research and Development Center.
  • Arnell Forde and Betsy Boynton of the U.S. Geological Survey for serving as metadata reviewer and web developer, respectively.
  • Jenna Brown and Karen L. Morgan of the U.S. Geological Survey for serving as peer reviewers.

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This publication was prepared by an agency of the U.S. 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 U.S. Government or any agency thereof.

Suggested Citation

DeWitt, N.T., Stalk, C.A., Fredericks, J.J., Flocks, J.G., Kelso, K.W., Farmer, A.S., Tuten, T.M., and Buster, N.A., 2018, Nearshore coastal bathymetry data collected in 2016 from West Ship Island to Horn Island, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1081, https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1081.

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Nancy T. DeWitt
U.S. Geological Survey
St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
600 4th St. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 502–8000
ndewitt@usgs.gov

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