U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 722

Archive of Single-Beam Bathymetry Data Collected During USGS Cruise 07CCT01 Nearshore of Fort Massachusetts and within Camille Cut, West and East Ship Islands, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi, July 2007

By Nancy T. DeWitt, James G. Flocks, B.J. Reynolds, and Mark Hansen

U.S. Geological Survey

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Information Statement

System Requirements

Project Summary

Getting Started


References Cited

07CCT01 Study Area Map   Photograph of Fort Massachusetts
Figure 1. USGS cruise 07CCT01 study area, nearshore of West Ship Island and East Ship Island within Camille Cut, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi.
Figure 2. Photograph of Fort Massachusetts, located on the northern shoreline of West Ship Island.

Information Statement

This CD-ROM publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Although these data have been 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.

System Requirements

This disc is readable on any computing platform that has standard CD-ROM driver software installed. The minimum software requirements are a Web browser and Adobe Reader.

Project Summary

The Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS) is composed of a series of barrier islands along the Mississippi – Alabama coastline (fig. 1).  Historically these islands have undergone long-term shoreline change.  The devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 prompted questions about the stability of the barrier islands and their potential response to future storm impacts.  Additionally, there was concern from the National Park Service (NPS) about the preservation of the historical Fort Massachusetts, located on West Ship Island (fig. 2).  During the early 1900s, Ship Island was an individual island.  In 1969 Hurricane Camille breached Ship Island, widening the cut and splitting it into what is now known as West Ship Island and East Ship Island. 

In July of 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was able to provide the NPS with a small bathymetric survey of Camille Cut using high-resolution single-beam bathymetry.  This provided GUIS with a post-Katrina assessment of the bathymetry in Camille Cut and along the northern shoreline directly in front of Fort Massachusetts.  Ultimately, this survey became an initial bathymetry dataset toward a larger USGS effort included in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (NGOM) Ecosystem Change and Hazard Susceptibility Project (http://ngom.usgs.gov/gomsc/mscip/). 

This report serves as an archive of the processed single-beam bathymetry. Data products herein include gridded and interpolated digital depth surfaces and x,y,z data products. Additional files include trackline maps, navigation files, geographic information system (GIS) files, Field Activity Collection System (FACS) logs, and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata. Scanned images of the handwritten FACS logs and digital FACS logs are also provided as PDF files. Refer to the Acronyms page for description of acronyms and abbreviations used in this report or hold the cursor over an acronym for a pop-up explanation.

The USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center assigns a unique identifier to each cruise or field activity. For example, 07CCT01 tells us the data were collected in 2007 for the Coastal Change and Transport (CCT) study and the data were collected during the first (01) field activity for that project in that calendar year. Refer to http://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/infobank/programs/html/definition/activity.html for a detailed description of the method used to assign the field activity ID.

Data were collected using a 26-foot (ft) Glacier Bay catamaran. The single-beam transducers were sled mounted on a rail attached between the catamaran hulls. Navigation was acquired using HYPACK, Inc., Hypack version 4.3a.7.1 and differentially corrected using land-based GPS stations.  See the digital FACS equipment log for details about the acquisition equipment used. Raw datasets were stored digitally and processed systematically using NovAtel's Waypoint GrafNav version 7.6, SANDS version 3.7, and ESRI ArcGIS version 9.3.1. For more information on processing refer to the Equipment and Processing page.  

Getting Started

To access the information contained on this disc, use a Web browser to open the file index.html. This report is divided into eight sections: Acronyms, Figures and Tables, Position and Navigation, Equipment and Processing, Images, Logs, Metadata, and Software. Links at the top and bottom of each page provide access to these sections. This report contains links to the USGS and collaborators or other resources that are accessible only if access to the internet is available while viewing these documents.


The Framework Group (FRAWG) at the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center would like to thank the following for their efforts:

Funding for this project was provided by the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center.

The National Park Service - Mississippi District: Riley Hoggard at the Gulf Islands National Seashore office in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and others at the Davis Bayou Area in Ocean Springs, Miss., who provided permitting and access to Fort Massachusetts for base station operations.

Point Cadet Marina Harbor Masters: Jim Nations, Richard Johnson, and staff of the City of Biloxi, Miss., for the use of their facilities and around-the-clock security provided in helping to protect Federal Government assets.

USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center supporting staff:

References Cited

DeWitt, N.T., Flocks, J.G., Hansen, Mark, Kulp, Mark, and Reynolds, B.J., 2007, Bathymetric survey of the nearshore from Belle Pass to Caminada Pass, Louisiana: Methods and data report: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 312, 1 CD-ROM, available at  https://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/312/.

Hansen, Mark, 2008, SANDS:  A high accuracy bathymetric survey system for shallow water mapping: Oceanology 2008, London, England, poster presentation, 1 p.

Hooijberg, Maarton, 1997, Practical geodesy using computers: Springer – Verlag, New York, N.Y., 308 p.

HYPACK, Inc., 2009, HYPACK training notes, presentations and sample projects in HYPACK 2009, January 11-14: San Diego, Calif., 1 DVD.

Schwarz, C.R., ed., 1989, North American Datum 1983: NOAA Professional Paper NOS2, NOAA National Technical Information Service, Silver Spring, Md., 249 p.

Waypoint Consulting Inc., 2000, Accuracy tests on kinematic long distance baselines: Waypoint Consulting Incorporated, 6 p.

Waypoint Consulting Inc., 2005, Static baseline accuracies as a function of baseline length, observation time and the effect of using the precise ephemeris: Waypoint Consulting Incorporated, 12 p.

Suggested Citation

DeWitt, N.T., Flocks, J.G., Reynolds, B.J., and Hansen, Mark., 2012, Archive of single-beam bathymetry data collected during USGS cruise 07CCT01 nearshore of Fort Massachusetts and within Camille Cut, West and East Ship Islands, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Mississippi, July 2007: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 722, 1 CD-ROM, available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/722/.

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