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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1381

Geophysical Mapping of Oyster Habitats in a Shallow Estuary; Apalachicola Bay, Florida

Section 2: Data Collection and Processing

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Section 2-
Data Collection
& Processing

Seismic-Reflection Data

High-resolution, seismic-reflection profiles were collected from both the Rafael and IRIS along 2,372 km of track line, which were spaced ~ 75 - 100 m apart (fig. 3). During the first seven survey days of the 2005 cruise aboard the Rafael (Julian Days 76-83), seismic data were acquired using a Knudsen 320b chirp system (3.5). The remaining seismic data, collected from both survey vessels during 2005 and 2006, were acquired using Edgetech FSSB 424 (4-24 kHz) systems. The Knudsen was used initially because of easier side-mount deployment from R/V Rafael in shallow water environments. However, profile comparisons showed that the Edgetech FSSB-424 provided higher-quality data, so it was used throughout the subsequent survey periods. The seismic data from the Rafael were acquired as SEG-Y files using Delph Seismic+ in 2005 and SBLogger in 2006. IRIS data were acquired in .jsf format using jstar, then converted to SEG-Y. All seismic data were processed using SIOSEIS ( and Seismic Un*x ( to produce jpg images of each of the seismic profiles.

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Figure 3. Map showing geophysical track lines occupied by R/V Rafael and ASV IRIS during survey cruises in 2005 and 2006.
Figure 3. Map showing geophysical track lines occupied by R/V Rafael and Autonomous Surface Vehicle IRIS during survey cruises in 2005 and 2006.

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