Read-me File
Archive of Chirp Data
Collected During USGS Cruise ATSV 99044
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
29 October - 12 November, 1999

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-040

by Jenna C. Hill¹, William C. Schwab¹, Shawn Dadisman²,
William W. Danforth¹, Jane F. Denny¹, Thomas F. O'brien¹, Ken Parolski¹

¹US Geological Survey, Woods Hole, MA 02543
²US Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, FL 33071


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The archived chirp subbottom data are in standard Society of Exploration Geologists (SEG) SEG-Y format (Barry and others, 1975) and may be downloaded for processing with software such as Seismic Unix or SIOSEIS. DOS and Microsoft Windows compatible software for plotting SEG-Y files (PLOTSEIS) and viewing SEG-Y headers (DUMPSEGY) is located in the PLOTSEIS directory. Processed chirp profiles (GIF images) may be viewed on this CD-ROM with your WWW browser.


In November 1999, the U. S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Coastal Carolina University, began a program to produce geologic maps of the nearshore regime off northern South Carolina, utilizing high resolution sidescan sonar, interferometric (direct phase methods) swath bathymetry, and seismic subbottom profiling systems. The study areas extends from the ~7m isobath to about 10km offshore (water depths <12m). The goals of the investigation are to determine regional scale sand resource availability needed for planned beach nourishment programs, to investigate the roles that the inner shelf morphology and geologic framework play in the evolution of this coastal region, and to provide baseline geologic maps for use in proposed biologic habitat studies.


Directory BIN:
Subdirectory PLOTSEIS: This directory contains the DOS programs for plotting SEG-Y files and viewing SEG-Y headers.

Subdirectory SU
Contains the Seismic UNIX scripts used to process and plot the chirp subbottom data and extract shot navigation from the SEG-Y headers

Directory HTMLDOCS: Contains the necessary HTML files and supporting graphics to allow the user access to the CD-ROM via any World Wide Web (WWW) browser.

Directory IMAGES:
Contains GIF and JPEG images that are used by HTML hyperlinks.

Directory MAPS:
This directory contains basemap and shot navigation themes. The data may be displayed with ARCVIEW version 3.1 or above, or ARCEXPLORER. You may need to copy the directories to disk and edit the .apr file in the PROJECT subdirectory to reflect the new directory paths.

Directory NAV:

Subdirectory RAWNAV: This directory contains raw DGPS navigation files as the data became available during the cruise.

Subdirectory SHOTNAV
Contains the shot navigation data that were collected during the cruise using a USGS differential GPS system.
Directory SEGY: Contains the Chirp SEG-Y format data. These data were collected using a Datasonics SIS-1000 Chirp subbottom profiler.  The SEG-Y data were logged on a Triton-Elics ISIS acquisition system. The SEG-Y format is documented in HTML format.

Directory SEISIMAG:
Contains the GIF format files of the Chirp subbottom profiles generated with Seismic UNIX

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Barry, R.M., Cavers, D.A., and Kneale, C.W., 1975, Recommended standards for digital tape formats, Geophysics, v. 40, p. 344-352

Zihlman, F.N., 1992a, DUMPSEGY V1.0: A program to examine the contents of SEG-Y disk-image seismic data; US Geological Survey Open File 92-590.

Zihlman, F.N., 1992b, PLOTSEGY V1.0: A DOS graphics program to display SEG-Y disk-image seismic data; US Geological Survey Open File 92-349A and 92-349B.