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Open-File Report 2012–1006

Prepared in cooperation with the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

High-Resolution Geophysical Data from the Inner Continental Shelf: Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts

By Brian D. Andrews, Seth D. Ackerman, Wayne E. Baldwin, David S. Foster, and William C. Schwab

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have mapped approximately 340 square kilometers of the inner continental shelf in Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts, under a cooperative mapping program. The geophysical data collected between 2009 and 2011 by the U.S. Geological Survey as part of this program are published in this report. The data include (1) swath bathymetry from interferometric sonar, (2) acoustic backscatter from sidescan sonar, and (3) seismic-reflection profiles from a chirp subbottom profiler. These data were collected to support research on the influence of sea-level change and sediment supply on coastal evolution and sediment transport processes and to provide baseline seabed characterization information required for management of coastal and offshore resources within the coastal zone of Massachusetts.

First posted February 1, 2013

Revised September 17, 2014, ver. 2.0

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Andrews, B.D., Ackerman, S.D., Baldwin, W.E., Foster, D.S., and Schwab, W.C., 2014, High-resolution geophysical data from the inner continental shelf at Vineyard Sound, Massachusetts (ver. 2.0, September 2014): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1006,

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