Archive of bathymetry data collected at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2014

Data Series 957
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Remotely sensed, geographically referenced elevation measurements of the sea floor, acquired by boat- and aircraft-based survey systems, were produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, for the area at Cape Canaveral.

The work was conducted as part of a study to describe an updated bathymetric dataset collected in 2014 and compare it to previous data sets. The updated data focus on the bathymetric features and sediment transport pathways that connect the offshore regions to the shoreline and, therefore, are related to the protection of other portions of the coastal environment, such as dunes, that support infrastructure and ecosystems.

Cape Canaveral Coastal System (CCCS) is a prominent feature along the Southeast U.S. coastline and is the only large cape south of Cape Fear, North Carolina. Most of the CCCS lies within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and included within its boundaries are the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), and a large portion of Canaveral National Seashore. The actual promontory of the modern cape falls within the jurisdictional boundaries of the CCAFS.

Hydrographic survey data were collected August 18-20, 2014 (USGS Field Activity Number 2014-324-FA). The study covered a 20 kilometer (km) section of shoreline extending from Port Canaveral, Fla., to the northern end of the KSC property, and from the shoreline to about 2.5 km offshore. Data were acquired using both sound navigation and ranging (sonar) and light detection and ranging (lidar) systems. Two jet skis and a 17-foot (ft) outboard motor boat equipped with the USGS SANDS (System for Accurate Nearshore Depth Surveying) hydrographic system collected precision sonar data. The USGS airborne EAARL-B mapping system flown in a twin engine airplane was used to collect lidar data. The missions were synchronized so that there was temporal and spatial overlap between the sonar and lidar operations. Additional data were collected to evaluate water clarity to verify the ability of lidar to receive bathymetric returns. Both systems used differential Global Positioning System GPS and utilized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Geodetic Survey (NOAA/NGS) Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) station located at CCAFS was used as the reference station.

This data series serves as an archive of processed single-beam sonar and lidar bathymetry data. Graphical Information System (GIS) data products include XYZ point bathymetry data files, a color coded bathymetry map, and interpolated bathymetry grid surface.

Additional information includes an error analysis and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata.

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Suggested Citation

Hansen, Mark, Plant, N.G., Thompson, D.M., Troche, R.J., Kranenburg, C.J., and Klipp, E.S., 2015, Archive of bathymetry data collected at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2014: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 957,

ISSN: 2327-638X (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Project Description
  • Data Acquisition
  • Data Processing
  • Error Analysis
  • Data Products
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Archive of bathymetry data collected at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2014
Series title Data Series
Series number 957
DOI 10.3133/ds957
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description HTML Document
Time Range Start 2014-08-18
Time Range End 2014-08-20
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Cape Canaveral
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y