EK60 Water Column Sonar Data Collected During PC1003

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

2010 ME70 Workshop (PC1003, EK60). The third leg of the 2010 SEAMAP Reeffish Survey, PC 1003, was originally scheduled as an experimental multibeam sonar workshop. However, on July 12, 2010, FSV Pisces was directed to participate in the response to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill by monitoring the area around the well head using Simrad EK60 echo sounders while pressure testing of the cap installed on the well was conducted. This testing period was expected to last for 24 to 48 hours, after which the scheduled workshop would commence. Pisces monitoring effort was later extended and continued through July 20, precluding completion of almost all of the multibeam sonar workshop objectives.

Pisces departed Pascagoula at about 1800 CDT on July 14 and proceeded toward DWH. Clearance to begin operations near DWH was received at 2230 on July 15 and survey operations began at 0000 on July 16 and continued until 0000 on July 20 after which Pisces returned to Pascagoula. Acoustic surveys using Simrad EK60 split beam echo sounders at 18, 38, 120, and 200 kHz and ME70 multibeam echo sounder at 70-120 kHz were conducted along transects spaced 0.1 run apart in the area around DWH. The survey was completed in rectangular areas using north-south and east-west transects at ranges from 1500 m to 2.5 run from DWH. At ranges within 1500 meters of DWH, a free-form survey was conducted to maneuver around other ship traffic and stationary platforms and cover as much of the space around the well head as possible including a large number of passes directly over the well. Data were also collected along transects running from southwest to northeast in an area northwest of DWH where earlier seismic measurements had shown fault lines below the VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR running in generally that same direction.

During the survey, the echo sounder systems were used to observe a number of sonar targets that are assumed to be locations where methane or other gas bubbles are being released from the seabed. These are known to occur naturally in this area and most of the observations can be attributed to natural seeps. Similar observations were made intermittently directly over the DWH well head and appear to indicate gas that was escaping from the well. Other sonar targets observed are believed to be riser pipes, ROV tethers, and other equipment associated with the DWH response activity as well as sunken wreckage of the DWH platform on the VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR.

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Metadata Date June 3, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) July 15, 2010 (creation), August 1, 2016 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Harvested from NGDC MGG Sonar Water Column

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Metadata Date June 3, 2020
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) July 15, 2010 (creation), August 1, 2016 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (Point of Contact)
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Access Constraints Cite as: Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 2010. 'EK60 Water Column Sonar Data Collected During PC1003'. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5HT2MC5 [access date], Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose., Resource may not be available for up to one year after initial collection.
Bbox East Long -88.00415
Bbox North Lat 29.90066
Bbox South Lat 28.06667
Bbox West Long -88.49971
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Metadata Language eng; USA
Metadata Type geospatial
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Temporal Extent Begin 2010-07-15T03:55:29
Temporal Extent End 2010-07-21T06:10:50

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